Wadjda

  • PG

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The main language of this film is Arabic. There are English subtitles and in order to ensure that these are visible for everyone the audience will be restricted to a maximum of 30.This groundbreaking first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi filmmaker offers a moving, rarely seen picture of everyday life in Riyadh.The central character so unique to the screen has been crafted as a subtle counterpoint to the images of females the world is accustomed to seeing, a character who holds hope for the future.Meet Wadjda, a sarcastic, funny and streetwise ten-year-old girl whose unconventionally carefree demeanour not only sets her apart from most girls in her school but also frequently lands her in the headmistress's office. She spots a shiny green bicycle in the local shop and becomes determined to scrounge up enough money to buy it so that she can race the boy-next-door, a culturally unacceptable action with potential societal repercussions.Wadjda enters her school's competition with her eye on the cash prize, and while her school continues to crack down on the individual rights of its students, Wadjda stands steadfast: wise beyond her years and in opposition to a society loathe to recognise self-expression, a girl unwilling to surrender what she wants.

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