Wadjda

  • Haifaa Al Mansour
  • Saudi Arabia, Germany
  • 2012
  • 97'
  • Wadjda

Wadjda (10) lives with her parents in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Despite her conservative surroundings, Wadjda is a playful child who regularly takes things to the limit. When she wants a beautiful green bicycle, her mother is opposed to the idea worrying what the people will think. Wadjda doesn’t care and decides to save the money herself. While her mother is distracted by her husband’s desire to take a second wife, she hardly realizes her daughter’s plans. Haifaa Al Mansour, regarded as the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia, tells an intimate story about a girl with big dreams. The drama offers a glimpse into an otherwise closed society, treating universal and familiar themes such as hope, courage and perseverance. Film was awarded at Venice, Rotterdam, Palm Springs and was Saudi Arabia’s firs ever entry for Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination in 2013.

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Haifaa Al Mansour

She is considered to be the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia. A graduate of the American University in Cairo and the University of Sydney, with the success of her three short films and the 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows, she inspired a new wave of Saudi filmmakers.

Wadjda

Director
Haifaa Al Mansour
Screenplay
Haifaa Al Mansour
Cast
Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf
DOP
Lutz Reitemeier
Editing
Andreas Wodraschke
Producer
Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner
Production
Razor Film, Rotana, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Festivals & Awards
Venice Film Festival 2012 – CinemAvvenire Award, C.I.C.A.E. Award & Interfilm Award; Tribeca Film Festival 2012; Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival 2013 – Dioraphte Award; BAFTA Awards 2014 – Nomination for Best Foreign Film; Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival 2014 – Directors to Watch Award