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Wadjda [Blu-ray] [2013]
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on 6 April 2014
A story that really needs to be told about women's lives in Saudi Arabia, in so many ways. Whilst the story itself is very good, the setting of her mother's life and struggles mirrors and strengthens this. Let's only hope there are many more Wadjda's out there (plus many more boys like her friend who will respect her more, not less, for having dreams and working towards them), strong enough to stand up to the system in their own little ways. And that's without considering the way the film was actually made by a woman director (by walkie-talkie from inside a white van for the outdoor scenes), and has managed to get out onto the international film circuit.... well done!
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on 18 August 2014
I took my sons aged 7 and 9 to cinema to see this film which must have been now over a year ago. We all loved the film for it was different that any of the Hollywood productions that we usually watch. Its slower pace made it so much more enjoyable to watch. We had time to take things in and appreciate what seemed to be the genuine portrayal of a different life of someone else and compare to ours. It was an eye opener, especially for my children. A very enjoyable family movie worth watching.
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on 28 February 2015
A delightful film, made more interesting by its Saudi setting. It's suitable for children, but they would need some help in understanding the social setting: for example, second wives, the ban on women driving and the position of women in general. One is left with the impression that 10 year old girls are the same the world over.
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on 18 April 2015
This is a very special film: entertaining, funny, and yet informative, educational - and deeply troubling while being ultimately uplifting If you want to understand what life in Saudi Arabia is really like, especially for women (and girls), watch this movie. You'll enjoy it - and also learn a lot.
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on 11 July 2014
Very well acted, excellent story, amazing window into an unknown world, that of secluded women in Saudi Arabia. A feel good film with a happy ending, at least for the main ch aracter, that teach us so much about a reality we barely know at all.
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Great little film, lovely performances, such an interesting subject. Recommend watching the "making of" as well as it makes the film all the more interesting.
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on 23 April 2014
A truly moving insight into the hopes and aspirations of young Saudi women and the future possibilities they might one day enjoy. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
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on 12 April 2014
We used to live in Riyadh so the film had probably more of an impact on us. Were fascinated with the after story like the making of the film and the interviews with Saudi women.
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on 8 April 2014
'Wadjda' offers a fresh insight into Islam, and breaks many barriers in its making. For this reason alone, it is worth seeing. Arguably a little slow, but by the final sequence your heart is lifted and you feel like change for the good is always possible in the world. Not astonishing as I'd hoped, but certainly a fantastic film that offers an antidote to the constantly watered down "issues" cinema pumped out by big studios. This feels real, and it is clear the film makers know what they are talking about.
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on 16 January 2015
I tried to watch this film in the local small cinema but was fully booked. The dvd did not disappoint. An eye opener on the middle east. Great film for school children
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