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    Waad Mohammed in "Wadjda."




Thursday Feb 27 07:30 PM
Friday Feb 28 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour. Saudi Arabia | Germany. 2012. 98 mins. Arabic with English Subtitles.

A landmark in Saudi Arabian cinema Wadjda is the first feature length film made by a female Saudi director. It took the world by storm in 2013, winning accolades and acclaim across the globe.

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t play with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. When Wadjda tries to raise the money herself, her plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she loses 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. The film is also a fascinating look at everyday life in middle-class Saudi Arabia, with insight into everything from cooking to marriage. Winner: Best International Feature, Los Angeles Film Festival; Freedom of Expression Award, National Board of Review, USA; CinemAvvenire' Award, Venice Film Festival; Dioraphte Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival; Muhr Arab Award, Dubai International Film Festival.

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