WADJDA is the story of a young Saudi girl whose burning desire for a bicycle leads her into bold defiance of her society's restrictive codes of gender and religion. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighbourhood boy she shouldnât be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjdaâs mother wonât allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girlâs virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. Although her cunning plans are continuously thwarted, she is determined to continue fighting for her dreams...
made by a female saudi filmmaker this tells the story of a young girl who wants a bicycle much to the dismay of everyone that knows her. she is a wonderful young actress whose expressions tell everything. she also has a rebellious streak in that shs always has to wear converse boots which gets her into trouble. customs ofthe arabian women are also portrayed really well.
This is what cinema is all about - . humane, enjoyable and full of depth.
Wonderful performances. A gem of world cinema that demands to be seen to better understand Saudi culture (first Saudi feature film). Made by a Saudi woman. Made me think about Samira Makhmalbaf, Tahmineh Milani etc
Truly excellent picture quality on this Bluray.
Excellent extras - Women without Shadows feature is a real bonus. Historical perspective on the position of women in Saudi society.