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Shown: January 3, 2014 at 6pm

Director : Haifaa al-Mansour

Country : Saudi Arabia

Release Date : 2011

Duration : 98 mins

Language : Arabic

Subtitles : Yes

The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director in a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote. This is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bicycle in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue.  Writer / director Haifaa al-Mansour has broken many barriers with this film.

“Transgressive in the best possible way, ‘Wadjda’ presents a startlingly assured new voice from a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced …”  (Rotten Tomatoes website)