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Wadjda (2012)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Reem Abdullah ... Mother
... Wadjda
Abdullrahman Al Gohani ... Abdullah (as Abdullrahman Algohani)
... Ms. Hussa
Sultan Al Assaf ... Father
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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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 Quran 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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16 May 2013 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

La bicicleta verde  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$41,253, 15 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,347,578, 26 January 2014
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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The first part of the movie shows a group of girls at school doing ritual washing before prayer. One girl wipes her ear right after washing her arm. The proper sequence is: arm, then head (hair), then ear. See more »

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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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An Optimistic Tale of Triumph Over Adversity
11 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

WADJDA is a straightforward tale of a young girl Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) growing up in a suburb of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who wants to buy a bicycle. Unable to find the money to do so, she enters a competition to speak the Koran in public with a substantial cash prize. After considerable time spent studying the text, she wins the competition, but sadly doesn't receive the money. In the end, however, she achieves her dreams - but not in the way she expects. Haifaa Al-Mansour's film is noteworthy for being a woman's film directed by a woman; it shows in careful detail the ways in which women's lives are constructed in Saudi Arabia, as well as showing how influential the Koran is in determining people's behavior. Some viewers might think that the women's lives are unfairly restricted; the film suggests that this is what many women believe is the right thing to do. By doing so, WADJDA shows how different people embraces different concepts of Islam. On the other hand, the film also suggests that individuals - especially children - should have at least some means to express themselves, particularly when they have worked to hard to achieve their aims. To restrict them is also to repress them; and this ultimately leads them to accept subordination as a way of life. WADJDA proves that the opposite should be true; not only for Wadjda herself but also for her mother (Reem Abdullah).


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