WADJDA is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh. Even more impressive, WADJDA is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker in a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote. Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend (a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with) Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately, but her mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself, though her plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn‘t going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams.
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