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4.0 out of 5 stars A first! And suitable for children too., 17 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Wadjda [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
I had no idea that film making was illegal in Saudi Arabia and that there are no cinemas. I picked up these two gems from the half hour documentary which is on the Extras. I'd advise you to watch the making of the film and you will see the tremendous difficulties the film crew had to contend with just to film simple takes i.e. a girl walking down the street. Using a state school was expressly forbidden by the authorities.
The film is very well done. Very professional when you consider the circumstances. If you know nothing about the day to day lives of average Saudi Arabians then this is certainly a good window onto it. The girl is excellent in the role and really stands out - as does her little friend Abdullah. The Head Mistress is a right hypocrite and has the faces to match!
If you believe religion is similar to a viral infection then this film will only reinforce that view. The restrictions placed on the most menial human contacts or expressions of one's humanity are all too evident - especially for women. The film is suitable for children as - lets face it - even an ankle isn't seen in this society. I do hope they produce more of these films but I would doubt it. No doubt when the male authorities learn of it they will try and ban it. It may end up being the first and last of its kind.
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2014 22:03:23 BDT
Visa says:
How right you are. I watched this film on TV last Thursday. and felt myself like being in a cage. The atmosphere is incredible oppressive . Commenting this film with a friend who is like me a film fanatic, she told me that the director is a woman! I can't imagine that she is still there. To make a film is already a problem, but to be a woman film director Wow! As you say film is not allowed, and I understand from years ago that owning a radio is taboo. Am I mistaken?
Whatever this film should be shown in cinemas everywhere.
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