Wadjda

(Germany, Saudi Arabia, 2012, 98 mins, DCP)
Canadian Premiere
Director:
CAST Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf
EXEC PRODS Hala Sarhan, Christian Granderath, Bettina Ricklefs, Rena Ronson, Louise Nemschoff
PRODS Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner
SCR Haifaa Al Mansour
CAM Lutz Reitemeier
ED Andreas Wodraschke
PROD DES Thomas Molt
MUS Max Richter
PROD CO Razor Film / High Look Group / Rotana Studios
Classification: G - No advisory

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"One of 2013’s best films so far… The first feature entirely shot on Saudi Arabian soil and the first by a Saudi female director has struck blows both for the kingdom’s filmmakers and its women, thanks to Haifaa Al Mansour’s massively endearing tale."—Phil Hoad, Guardian

"The eponymous 10-year-old Wadjda (affectingly played by 12-year-old Waad Mohammed) is a spirited, lower-middle-class schoolgirl in Riyadh, troubled by the impending separation of her parents, who longs to own a bike to race against her friend Abdullah. The implication is that she’s rapidly approaching the age of not being able to cycle, meet a boy or go out of the house unveiled… The story is an admirable necklace on which to string facts, anecdotes and insights that illuminate in a good-natured way the lives of women in an unthinking, patriarchal, totalitarian society."—Philip French, Observer

"I come from a small town in Saudia Arabia where there are many girls like Wadjda who have big dreams, strong characters and much potential. These girls can, and will, reshape and redefine our nation… I hope the film offers a unique insight into my own country and speaks of universal themes…"—Haifaa Al Mansour

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