Wadjda, 2013 – ★★★★

At its heart this film tells a simple story of a girl, Wadjda, who will do anything to find the money to buy a bike. She’s a girl who knows what she wants and won’t let her parents or teachers stand in the way of her dream. It is heartwarming and often comedic but in telling Wadjda’s story this film also shows us the challenges of everyday life for the women of Saudi Arabia.

The context of the treatment of women adds a layer of complexity to the film, the impact of which is even greater when you consider the circumstances in which it was made; it is the first feature film fully funded and shot in Saudi Arabia, where cinemas are banned, and is directed by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al-Mansour.

Vía Letterboxd – ekcragg

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