Written September 24, 2013
The total lack of films that come out of Saudi Arabia made Wadjda, a Saudi film by Haiffa Al-Mansour, instantly alluring.
Al- Mansour’s charms the viewer with the common everyday struggles of the Saudi woman in a noncombative way.
Precocious 10-year Wadjda is growing up in Riyadh and wants nothing more than a shiny new bicycle, but in Saudi Arabia women don’t to ride bicycles. Nor do they drive, go out in public unveiled, live unaccompanied, leave the country alone, or oppose their husbands.
Small details make grand impressions: Teenagers are vilified for painting their nails. Girls rush inside, lest men glimpse them. Pubescent girls are considered impure and must use a tissue to touch a Koran.
In a country where cinemas are banned, Riyadh is not city where women can shoot films. Al-Mansour directing much of it from the back of a van, and the result is representation of the triumph of the defiant feminine spirit, in all forms. More reviews getthebonesaw.blogspot.com
Written July 24, 2014
A very good film about the enormous limitations that women suffer in that part of the world, but at the same time some windows of opportunity.
Written August 30, 2014
GO! Very informative as I was not aware of some of the Middle East's religious beliefs and practices. The actors are genuine and production quality very good. The subtitles were overall fine, but occasionally appeared to be up for too short a time period
Written October 23, 2013
This was a very well-made film. The plot was simple but very intriguing. Great actors. It showed everyday struggles that Saudi women go through. The movie made your heart melt. I really got invested in Wadjda's story. I would watch it again.
Written October 26, 2013
This is a movie made in a repressive country by a first time filmmaker and it is well worth seeing. Wadja is the face of the future, a smart, thoughtful girl who questions - such as "Why can't a girl ride a bike?" A delightful movie and well deserving of the prizes it has collected on the film festival tour.