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Saudi Arabia, 2012, 98 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany
Topics: Middle East, Woman Director, Women
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

Awards: VIFF: Most Popular First Feature

Sources say that the delightful "Wadjda" is one of the frontrunners in the Foreign Language Oscar® competition and it is certainly already one of the most feted.

The title character is a 12-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, she is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can beat her friend Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as unbefitting a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself...

“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. And perhaps even more significantly, it is the first feature written and directed by a Saudi Arabian woman, the talented Haifaa Al-Mansour.”
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Best Film, Best Actress, Dubai Film Festival; Audience Award, Los Angeles Film Festival; Most Popular International Feature, Vancouver Film Festival; Best Film, Cinema of the Future, Venice Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Haifaa Al Mansour
Producer: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Editor: Andreas Wodraschke
Screenwriter: Haifaa Al Mansour
Cinematographer: Lutz Reitemeir
Music: Max Richter
Principal Cast: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf
Filmography: Women Without Shadows (Doc, 2005)

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