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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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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 ...
Abeer
Talal Loay ...
Abeer's Young Man
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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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5 September 2013 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La bicicleta verde  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ms. Hussa: A woman's voice is her nakedness.
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References Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »

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Instrument of a Revenge A
Gooding & Bobby Joe Miracle
Written by Gooding & Bobby Joe Miracle
Published by Sonoton Music GmbH & Co. KG
with kind permission of Sonoton Music GmbH & Co. KG
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How to survive
10 March 2013 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

10-year-old Wadjda lives in Saudi Arabia. She's a bit rebellious, which means she wears basket shoes in school, listens to Western rock at home and has befriended a boy her own age. But she mustn't sing too loud, because the men can hear her and get offended.

Wadjda wants to go further and have her own bicycle, which invites trouble in her country. The story is told in a very warm way and you learn one thing. People in cultures totally different from yours are very much like you.

Realism here. Everyday people having everyday problems, but not the problems you have. A humanistic film, which makes it concerning everybody.


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