Wadjda

Synopsis
Feature film. The first film directed by a woman in Saudi Arabia exposes the country’s denial of women’s rights while giving Muslim feminism a voice. The film was shot largely clandestinely and tells the story of an independent-minded, cheeky young girl, Wadjda, who wants to buy a bike so she can race with her neighbour, Abdullah (who she shouldn’t be playing with). Some of Saudi Arabia’s all-encompassing controls over women are thereby exposed: the prohibition on women driving or mixing with men; the taboos over laughing or talking in public, or riding bicycles as these might defile virginity. However, the women in WADJDA - and the titular heroine especially - are not depicted as wholly passive victims, but come across as striving, enterprising and possessing some agency within the constraints imposed upon them.
Language
Arabic (Arabic (English subtitles))
Country
Saudi Arabia
Year of release
2012
Year of production
2012
Notes
Selected as Saudi Arabia’s official nomination for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Also available on Blu-Ray.
Subjects
Politics & government; Women’s studies
Keywords
Saudi Arabia; women’s rights; Muslims

Credits

Director
Haifa al-Mansour
Cinematographer
Lutz Reitemeier
Cast
Waad Mohammed 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£5.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
97 minutes
Year
2015

Distributor

 

Available from retail outlets

Name

Soda Pictures

Email
info@sodapictures.com
Web
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Phone
020 7377 1407
Address
17 Blossom Street
London
E1 6PL

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