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SYNOPSIS - To shoot a film on location in a country where cinemas themselves have been banned for over thirty years is an achievement for any director. When that filmmaker also happens to be a woman, in a country where it is illegal for women to drive or vote, makes Haifaa Al Mansour's accomplishment with her debut feature Wadjda all the more impressive. Most remarkably of all, it's a masterful film filled with humor, emotion and humanism…

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and rebellious. She's determined to achieve her dreams, which include saving enough money to buy a bicycle, so she can race her friend Abdullah. Wadjda lives at home with her parents, who are loving if a little distracted. Her father isn't around much, and her mother is convinced he's busy looking for a second wife.

The story is tailored to highlight the pressures and difficulties faced by women in Saudi Arabia, with a rare glimpse into the lives of women behind closed doors and the warm relationships between mothers and daughters. Wadjda, like Iran's A Separation, is a fascinating, honest, hugely satisfying film, both boundary-pushing in all the best ways and a thrilling cinematic achievement.

Director: Haifaa Al Mansour

Cast: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah

Duration: 97 mins

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Rating: PG13+ (Mild adult themes)

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  • Jennifer

    Sorry Bron - I've got a wedding to attend on Sunday

    April 4, 2014

  • Bron

    Sorry to change the day to Sunday. Will meet 10:30 for 10:40am showing this gives time to get tickets and stuff.

    April 2, 2014

  • Bron

    Sorry I had to change the day to Sunday.

    April 2, 2014

  • Bron

    I will not know the time until closer to the date due to cinemas, but it will be during the day. Depending on which cinema has it but only the Palace Barracks or Palace Central are showing this movie. I am hoping they still show it on this weekend.

    March 24, 2014

  • Jacqui

    I saw this movie last Saturday.
    An inspiring story.
    The girl that plays Wadja is gorgeous.
    If I hadn't already have seen this movie, I would have come along.

    March 24, 2014

  • keyah e.

    Where will it be and what time I can't c it

    March 23, 2014

  • Annmarie

    Looks like a wonderful movie, hoping to see this, depends on time and location...

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Madeline

    Went to see this at Centro today, very good, highly recommend

    1 · March 23, 2014

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