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.
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.