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(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.

  • 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 to the memorization and recitation of Quranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn't going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams.

  • 10-year-old Wadjda challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. When everything goes against her plans, she sees one last chance in her school's Quran recitation competition and the large cash prize for first place. The first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, WADJDA is the story of a girl determined to fight for her dreams.

  • All over the world, a brand-new bicycle is every boy and girl's dream--and when the rebellious and entrepreneurial ten-year-old, Wadjda, spots a glossy green one at the local toy store's shopfront--she knows she must find a way to raise the money: enrol in the school's Quran recitation competition. Now, 800 riyals, a strict headmistress, and Quran's first five long surahs separate Wadjda from accomplishing her goal. Can Wadjda overcome the difficulties to make her dream come true?


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