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Haifaa Al-Mansour

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Winner of the audience award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013. A feel good movie par excellence. Self-willed Wadjda from Riyadh goes to great lengths to get a green bicycle. Boys are allowed to ride a bicycle. So why isn’t she? Wadjda is the first feature film by a female director from Saudi Arabia.


Wadjda (10) lives with her parents in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Despite her conservative surroundings, Wadjda is a playful child who regularly takes things to the limit. When the girl wants a beautiful green bicycle, her mother is opposed to it: what would people around them think? Cycling is not a suitable pastime for a girl.

Wadjda doesn’t care and decides to save the money herself. Her mother, who is distracted by her husband’s desire to take a second wife, hardly realises what plans – often very unsuitable – her daughter thinks up to earn money.

Haifaa Al Mansour, regarded as the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia, tells an intimate story about a girl with big dreams. Wadjda embodies many girls and women from Saudi Arabia. The drama offers a glimpse of a closed society, with universal and familiar themes such as hope, courage and perseverance.


Saudi Arabia, Germany 2012, 100 min.


Spoken language: Arabic

Subtitles: Dutch


Razor Film

+49 (0)30 847 12 28 0

Dutch distribution:

September Film Distribution

+31 205357550

World sales:

The Match Factory

+49 2215397090

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Friday March 22, at 13.00 hrs at Filmhuis Den Haag 4 there is a Cinemum only screening for moms and dads and their baby's. Entrance is 10 euro's for parent plus baby (two seats).

When & where?

  • Friday, March 22, 2013 - 13:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4

  • Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 16:15

    Theater aan het Spui 1, The Hague

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 19:15

    Theater aan het Spui 1, The Hague

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