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Pioneering in a variety of ways, as the first film shot entirely within Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi Arabian director, Wadjda is a film about dreaming, hope and determination.


11-year-old Wadjda lives with her mother and is starting to show her initiative through the selling of homemade bracelets on the street. Observing boys on bicycles, she makes up her mind to get one despite her mother’s, and society’s, disapproval. Undeterred by lack of encouragement, she signs up for a Koran recitation competition, the prize money of which will get her a real two-wheeled prize.


Spirited and optimistic, this is a gorgeous story of a young girl determined to realise her dream.

  • Year
    2012
  • Runtime
    98 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic
  • Country
    Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Germany, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, United States
  • Rating
    PG
  • Director
    Haifaa Al-Mansour