Saudi Arabia's First Ever Film Is A Must-See

We've been raving about Wadjda for a while now (read our 4-star review); it's the first ever film to be made entirely in Saudi Arabia, by its country’s first female filmmaker, Haifaa Al-Mansour – as mould-breaking cinema goes, these are two very big achievements. And thankfully, you'll all be able to wrap your eyeballs around it soon as we edge ever closer to a release date (Sony Pictures Classics will release it later this year, although a date has yet to be announced). 

12-year-old Wadjda desperately wants a green bike so she can race with her best friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Al Gohani). Her mother (Reem Abdullah) thinks that girls who ride bikes are shameful, but she’s more preoccupied with the possibility that her husband (Sultan Al Assaf) may take a second wife. Wadjda’s cunning and entrepreneurship see her making and selling friendship bracelets at school, and acting as a middleman in an illicit romantic relationship, in order to get the dirhams she needs. At school, she learns of a Koran competition, where winners may win 1,000 dirhams, and sets about memorizing it through the use of a video game. Her daily rebellion takes the form of wearing purple Converse trainers, listening to pop music, and answering back to men on the street.

If you live in the UK you'll be able to catch the film on July 19th. Everyone else can expect to catch it later in the year – stay tuned. 

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