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Wadjda

In the first full-length feature film shot entirely inside Saudi Arabia, Wadjda tells the story of a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's 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 to raise the money herself. It isn't going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she is determined to fight for her dreams... with or without society's approval.

Written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour.

In Arabic with English subtitles.

Running time: 1 hr 38 mins.

The Colony accepts CASH only -- tickets are $8.50.

We'll see the 7:15 PM show. Let's head to Tribeca Tavern at 6004 Falls of Neuse Rd afterwards.

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  • Shawna

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Joyce Y

      Thanks for sharing this- It was a bright spot in my day. I hope this marks a turning point.

      October 28, 2013

  • Elaine F.

    October 21, 2013

  • Elizabeth J.

    One of the best films I've seen in a long time and unlike any culture I've seen. The society gives women such narrow roles, and yet, they have surreptitious ways of circumventing them. I also think the director showed us that being more independent as a woman does not mean being faithless. Maybe it's not the Muslim religion that imposes the restrictions on women as much as it is the society around them, which uses it as a rationale. ... Not sure about this, though.

    October 20, 2013

  • Shawna

    Although the film takes place in Saudi Arabia, it's the universal themes of courage, hope, perseverance, and individualism that stand out. The film left me feeling hopeful for women in this conservative and oppressive society and the challenges of tradition vs moving forward. Just the film being made is an inspiring message of hope.

    2 · October 19, 2013

    • Elaine F.

      yep - I'm going to 7:15 show as well -- perhaps with a friend. I'll look for you too - not sure if we have met before Elizabeth.

      October 19, 2013

    • Elaine F.

      I agree with the comments - it was a gem. What a treat to get a glimpse into the Saudi culture. Thanks Elizabeth for letting me join you, and link to a short interview with the Director down near the beginning of these discussions.

      1 · October 20, 2013

  • Eunice

    Though I was generally aware of the oppression of women there, the movie shows in detail how pervasively it saturates their lives, as for example how loud they are allowed to talk. The movie is very well made and makes its points in metaphorical as well as bold direct ways. It's heartbreaking but yes there is a current of the beginnings of change.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Steve S.

    A precious gem of a film....Heartwarming, poignant, and surprising.

    2 · October 18, 2013

  • John A. Aiken, Jr. (.

    I also just got a conflict. Hope to see this later on.

    October 18, 2013

  • Elaine F.

    I just got a conflict -- had a reservation I forgot about -- so I won't be joining you. I plan to see this movie at either the 9:15 showing or later in the weekend. Enjoy it -- it should be great!

    October 18, 2013

  • Henry H.

    Freedom House, a NGO that rates countries as to freedom allowed for their inhabitants, lists their worst as North Korea #1, Equatorial Guinea #2, Saudia Arabia #3. When people refer to the US spreading freedom and democracy as in Iraq, Afghan. et al, I ask them "oh, are we getting ready to invade Saudi Arabia?". To the inhabitants of that place controlled and mostly owned by an extended family-tribe of 200,000-wouldn't it be great if there was a country called Arabia.

    October 18, 2013

  • Eunice

    This should be a fascinating film. I also heard the director's PBS interview. A courageous project. Btw, even though inside a trailer with headphones, she still wore a hijab.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Elaine F.

    Not only is it the first feature film shot in Saudia Arabia, but Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female Saudi film director *ever.* Remember, in Saudia Arabia woman are not to be seen outdoors, so imagine the logistics of directing. Here's the link to an interview with her that I listened to this weekend:
    http://www.npr.org/2013/09/22/224437165/wadjda-director-haifaa-al-mansour-it-is-time-to-open-up

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • Shawna

      I've read that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women still cannot drive and movie theaters are outlawed...gasp... Should be a groundbreaking film.

      1 · October 9, 2013

    • Elaine F.

      in the interview, she states that Saudi Arabia has no movie theaters (I didn't know about outlawed). The thing she said that blew my mind away: Since women cannot be out in pubic without a male escort, for all the outdoor movie shots she stayed inside a trailer and spoke to and directed the actors via a headset. imagine!

      October 9, 2013

  • Elizabeth J.

    I'm so sad. I think this is the same night that Beausoleil plays at Casbah in Durham, and I have tickets to that.

    October 8, 2013

    • Shawna

      Sorry you will miss with the group, Elizabeth. I'll be OOT the rest of that weekend (wanted to pick a weekend night). I know you will still see it though! :-)

      October 8, 2013

    • Elizabeth J.

      That's okay. I think my poetry friends will be interested in this one, so you and I can trade notes later.

      October 9, 2013

  • Elaine F.

    oh heck yes! thanks for the invite; I *can't wait* to see this one.

    October 8, 2013

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