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Check Out The Trailer For WADJDA,The First Saudi Arabian Movie Directed by A Woman

The first movie ever to be directed by a woman in Saudi Arabia, WADJDA tells the story of a young girl named Wadjda and her quest to purchase a bicycle by winning a school Quran memorization competition.  If the trailer above is any indication, the movie will be a funny and emotional look into women’s lives in a country where the topic is not very often broached in media, and seems to have a bright, witty young girl in the lead. In an interview with Al Jezeera, the director, Haifaa Al-Mansour, described her ability to explore women’s lives in Saudi Arabia, saying,

I really didn’t want people to say ‘Because she’s a woman, she’s only talking about woman’s issues.’ But when I did my documentary and it was about women, I was amazed about how it touched lots of women…It’s like an area that people don’t have a chance to get into, especially in Saudi Arabia. It’s difficult for a male filmmaker to break into this secluded world and have the same opportunities I had.

(via Jezebel)

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  • Adam Cross

    saw this last year at the BFI film festival with a Q&A with Haifaa Mansour (she’s so lovely), I highly recommend it! one of my favourites and definitely top 10 from 2012

  • Anonymous

    So incredibly excited for this!

  • Anonymous

    What is it like to live in a place where you cant even ride a bike…