Wadjda (10) lives with her parents in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Despite her conservative surroundings, Wadjda is a playful child who regularly takes things to the limit. When the girl wants a beautiful green bicycle, her mother is opposed to it: what would people around them think? Cycling is not a suitable pastime for a girl.
Wadjda doesn’t care and decides to save the money herself. Her mother, who is distracted by her husband’s desire to take a second wife, hardly realises what plans - often very unsuitable - her daughter thinks up to earn money.
Haifaa Al Mansour, regarded as the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia, tells an intimate story about a girl with big dreams. Wadjda stands for many girls and women from Saudi Arabia. The drama offers a glimpse of a society that is otherwise closed, with universal and familiar themes such as hope, courage and perseverance.


Filmmaker
Haifaa Al Mansour
Country
Saudi Arabia, Germany
Year
2012
Medium
DCP
Length
100’
Language
Arabic
Producer
Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Production Company
Razor Film Produktion GmbH
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Writer
Haifaa Al Mansour
Cinematography
Lutz Reitemeier
Editor
Andreas Wodraschke
Production Design
Thomas Molt
Sound Design
Sebastian Schmidt
Music
Max Richter
Cast
Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah
Website
http://razor-film.de/en/projects/wadjda/