Wadjda

Haifaa Al Mansour

Haifaa Al Mansour

This would be a terrific film from any director, but coming from Haifaa Al-Mansour, a Saudi Arabian female writer/director, who had to direct the film from a trailer because she couldn’t give orders to the men on the crew face to face, it’s astonishing. The story, about a young Saudi girl who wants a bicycle so she can race a friend, is very typical. She signs on to win a Koran contest for the money to buy it, and the twists are often predictable. But the setting in modern-day Saudi Arabia, and the hurdles surrounding a girl or woman doing anything, makes it so much more poignant, horrifying and educational. The girl, played by Waad Mohamed, and her mother, played by Reem Abdullah, are both terrific actors who give you a detailed glimpse into a world that is a foreign to me as a civilization on the moon. Well worth seeing.

Howard Morgan

 

 

Waad Mohammed (Wadjda)

 

Reem Abdullah (Mother)

Reem Abdullah (Mother)

2 Responses to “Wadjda”

  1. Saw this several months ago at the Nantucket Film Festival and gave it a rave review. — Ellen Roman

  2. P.S. Should get an Academy Award.

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