We'll gather first at Fido's at 6:00 p.m. When I saw the trailer, I knew I had to schedule this meetup.
In a country where cinemas are banned and women’s rights suffer, Saudi Arabia’s first feature film by a female, writer and director Haifaa Al-Mansour, skillfully crafts this barrier-breaking film of many firsts. After a fight with a boy in her suburban Riyadh neighborhood, precocious 10-year-old Wadjda becomes fixated on a beautiful green bicycle for sale so that she can beat him in a race. Fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue, Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it. So Wadjda, through a series of schoolyard schemes, struggles to raise the money herself until she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition for students. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see sneaky young Wadjda as a model pious girl.
Dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2013, 98 min., PG, DCP, In Arabic with English subtitles
Link to Belcourt website and trailer: http://www.belcourt.org/events/wadjda.687337
Dinner at Fido's first for those interested. I'll be at Fido's at 6:00 p.m. It's across from Boscos and Sam's. My cell# is below if you don't spot us.
—Parking's always free in the Belcourt's lot when you're attending a movie (and do note that meters in Hillsboro Village are free on weekends, because there are times the Belcourt lot is completely full). However, you will need to get a parking pass.
—If you buy your ticket online and choose the "print at home" option, you'll have a parking pass attached to your ticket.
—If you buy your ticket at the box office, the Belcourt will actually give you a pass you can put on your dashboard (so you don't have to go back to the paystation and enter a code).
Derek will be in the lobby seated at a table at 6:50 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you don't spot us or arrive later, call or text me at [masked]. I'll come out to the lobby and show you where we are sitting at.
“A poignant fable about growing up female (and growing up, period) in a place where women’s autonomy is severely restricted. It’s a stunningly assured debut, a slyly subversive delight…” – Dana Stevens, Slate
“More than a critique of Saudi society, WADJDA offers a character with universal resonance and appeal.” – Peter Keough, Boston Globe