Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend—a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with—Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately, but Wadjda's mother (Reem Abdullah) won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself, though her plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn‘t going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams. Written and directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

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Haifaa Al Mansour


Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf

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1hr 37mins

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USA/Germany/Saudi Arabia