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  • PG
  • Blu-ray/DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Writer/director Haifaa al-Mansour makes her feature directorial debut with this film about a headstrong 10-year-old girl named Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) who's determined to challenge a neighborhood boy to a bike race despite the potentially dire repercussions. When Wadjda's mother refuses to purchase her a bike, the young girl defiantly enters a Koran reading competition to earn the money she needs to buy it herself. Once Wadjda has her bike, the only thing left to do is prove to her young friend Abdullah that girls can race bikes just as well as boys. But not everyone is willing to accept a young girl who refuses to play by society's rules, and now the closer Wadjda gets to achieving her goal, the deeper her understanding of the division between the sexes grows.
  • Credits
    Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Algohani, Ahd, Sultan Alassaf
  • Critic Reviews
    "A real discovery from the Middle East and a film that will be one of the most-seen Arab-language films of the year, WADJDA has the distinction of being the first feature film ever shot in Saudi Arabia."
    Hollywood Reporter

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Waad Mohammed is effortlessly winning as WADJDA."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a genuinely pioneering debut from a female Saudi filmmaker and a striking piece of work by any standards."

    "Although her film is ostensibly an intimate story about an 11-year old girl living in Riyadh who dreams of owning a bike, nevertheless it projects a deeper message about Saudi society."

    "The first feature to be shot in Saudi Arabia, and directed by a woman to boot, WADJDA is a remarkable film twice over."
    Los Angeles Times

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "WADJDA is a winning and wonderfully moving tale of an endearing 10-year-old girl, living in a suburb of Riyadh, making her voice heard in a patriarchal society that seeks to silence her."
    USA Today

    "With impressive agility, WADJDA finds room to maneuver between harsh realism and a more hopeful kind of storytelling."
    New York Times

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