“Wadjda,” first film by Saudi female director

Date: September 16, 2013

Wadjda, first film by Saudi female director with French sensitivities, selected to open the Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya film festival this year


WadjdaWith compassion, insight and humor, Haifaa Al-Mansour, the director shines the spotlight on Wadjda, a 10 year old girl – cut from a different cloth right from the start. In the first few frames of the film, we see Wadjda wiggling her feet in sneakers – in stark contrast to her classmates who wear their conformist ballet flats. The film is focused on Wadjda’s simple yet vaulting desire to own a bike. In most cultures this would not raise an eyebrow but in Saudi Arabia, it is controversial…. Why, it might even cause a woman to lose her virginity!