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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reem Abdullah ...
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Abdullrahman Al Gohani ...
Abdullah (as Abdullrahman Algohani)
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Ms. Hussa
Sultan Al Assaf ...
Alanoud Sajini ...
Fatin
Rafa Al Sanea ...
Fatima
Dana Abdullilah ...
Salma
Rehab Ahmed ...
Noura
Nouf Saad ...
Koran Teacher
Ibrahim Almozael ...
Toy Shop Owner
Mohammed Zahir ...
Iqbal - the Driver
Sara Aljaber ...
Leila
Noura Faisal ...
Abeer
Talal Loay ...
Abeer's Young Man
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Storyline

WADJDA is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing 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. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda's mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what's going on. And soon enough Wadjda's plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself... Written by Razor Film Produktion GmbH

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Rated PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking | See all certifications »

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5 September 2013 (Germany)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$41,253 (USA) (13 September 2013)

Gross:

$1,347,578 (USA) (24 January 2014)
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Saudi Arabia's first official submission to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film (2014) category. See more »

Goofs

When Wadjda takes the bread out of the oven, the mic equipment is visible on her waist under the T-shirt. See more »

Quotes

Ms. Hussa: A woman's voice is her nakedness.
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Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Tongue Tied
Performed by GROUPLOVE
(P) 2011 Atlantic Recording Corp.
Courtesy of WARNER MUSIC Group Germany Holding GmbH, A Warner Music Group Company
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Powerful movie
12 September 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Its not often i find foreign movies that touch me deeply. I loved this movie and was surprised how well this movie was made. Waad Mohammed played her part extraordinary where she took us viewers on her journey. I both laughed, cried, got angry and got happy when i saw this movie. I am so happy the movie ended the way it did, i don't want to give away any spoilers here but during the whole movie i was scared something would happen hehehe. Thankfully it ended as it ended. This movie also show a sense of determination. Doesn't matter what country you are from or the age, we all have a dream. And how far a determination, patience and hope can take you. I love the fact we saw a raw view of Saudi and i truly enjoyed watching this movie. Well done for the incredible director for by Haifaa Al-Mansour! Such a joy to have seen this movie


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