BIFF 2018: 26. september - 4. oktober
ORIGINAL TITLE:
Wadjda
Saudi Arabia / 2012 / 1 t. 37 min.
LANGUAGE:
Arabisk
UNDERTEKSTER:
Norsk
CAST:
Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf
DIRECTOR:
Haifaa Al Mansour
WRITER:
Haifaa Al Mansour
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Lutz Reitemeier
PRODUCER:
Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner
A Saudi Arabian pearl

WADJDA is the story of a precocious and independent ten year old girl living in modern-day Saudi Arabia. Wadjda dreams of owning a green bicycle and racing her friend Abdullah, but according to Saudi tradition women aren’t supposed to ride bicycles in public. Using the state censorship to her advantage, director Haifaa Al Mansour’s film is poetic metaphor for the longing for freedom and equality which is shared by so many women all across Saudi Arabia.

 

Shown in 2013

Haifaa Al Mansour

HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR is known as the first female Saudi filmmaker. Her feature debut, WADJDA, premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and was selected as the Saudi-Arabian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.