Wadjda (PG)

2012 (Saudi Arabia/ Germany) (Drama)
(Arabic with English subtitles)
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
A Member’s Choice Film. Wadjda is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Even more impressive, Wadjda is the first feature film by female Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour and was made in a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote. The most radical and cheering message of “Wadjda” is that change isn’t just possible, it is inevitable. (1hr 38min)