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WADJDA

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour

2012, Drama, 98min, English subtitles


Wadjda is a bright and mischievous schoolgirl living in Riyadh who dreams of owning her own bicycle to race against her friend, Abdullah. Yet her mother fears that cycling is not an appropriate activity for a Muslim girl. As she has no money herself to buy her dream bike,
she decides to enter a Koran recitation competition in the hope of seizing the cash prize. The first female-directed film to emerge from Saudi Arabia, this is a heart-warming yet gently subversive coming-of-age tale that illustrates the lack of freedom for women in Saudi Arabian society.

areas of learning:

Film Studies, World Religions, Growing up, Equality.

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