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Wadjda (2012)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  16 May 2013 (Netherlands)
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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.


(as Haifaa Al Mansour)


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


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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

16 May 2013 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

La bicicleta verde  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$1,347,578 (USA) (24 January 2014)

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1.78 : 1
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Saudi Arabia's first official submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film (2014). See more »


At the beginning of the movie, when Abdullah steals Wadjda's head scarf, her sandwich is in her left hand. In the next shot, after the fall, her sandwich disappears. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »


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How to watch a Saudi film directed by a Saudi Female in Saudi Arabia
28 June 2013 | by (Saudi Arabia) – See all my reviews

Being a Saudi girl myself I didn't know what to expect, but honestly it was quiet good. The way they portrayed how it goes behind the closed doors of girls schools was so real, like I saw my whole life flashing in front of me: You have to cover your face, you have to wear fully covered Abaya... etc, etc.

Funny thing that most of you know by now that we don't have public theaters here, so I was lucky to hear about the screening in the U.S embassy with the presence of the director Haifa AlMansour. it was a once in a lifetime experience: I watched a Saudi movie directed by Saudi female director with a Saudi audience in Home but not quiet home. That kind of thing only happens in this side of the world.

I really believe that the story portrayed everything well and fair, there were a lot of good laughs.

Good job Haifa: I was lucky enough to tell her that be person. Now Go and make the rest of us proud.

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