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"Wadjda" at the Crest Theater (north Seattle), $3 admission

We will be attending the 6:45 showing of Wadjda at the Crest Theater located in Seattle's north end. This film is Saudi Arabia's entry for the Best Foreign Film at the 2014 Academy Awards. Here is a description of this film taken from Landmark Theatres web site:

"Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) 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 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 Wadjda's mother (Reem Abdullah) 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. Written and directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia"

Here is the trailer for this film:

Wadjda – trailer

Here is's summary of the film:

"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 determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. 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, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film" rates this film a 99. Here is the link to that web site where you can read or scan all the reviews to see if this film is for you.

tomatometer - Wadjda

Seattle Cinema Club meetups are rarely(!) held at the Crest Theater for a number of reasons: (1) The films shown there are at the end of their theatrical run and are one step away from being released as a DVD; (2) the theater is located in an residential area of north Seattle that has poor service by public transportation though folks who have cars will have no problems getting there; and (3) there are no nearby cafes where a post-film discussion can be held though there is a work around this problem described in a subsequent paragraph.

The major advantage of attending a film at the Crest is the ticket price: $3 for any showing.

After you have entered the screening room and have placed a territorial marker (e.g. jacket) to save your seat please meet me and other meetup participants in the lobby starting around 6:30. We will have a brief time to socialize. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a cap of some type (beret, black rain hat, African brimless cap (kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program. Please note that I use a “dumbphone” which is voice only (no data capability but it does meet Mil Standard 810G and can operate in a wide range of hostile environments such as a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a message on the web site; I will not be able to read these.

There will be an optional beverage and food stop at the conclusion (i.e., after all the credits have rolled by) of this film. Meet me in in the lobby of the theater. Our options are as follows: (1) hold our discussion in the lobby of the theater – only concession stand munchies will be available; (2) cross the street to purchase pizza slices, corn dogs.... at the 7-11 and hold our discussion in the store if they let us; and (3) drive 0.6 miles to the North City Lounge and Grill, 17554 - 15th Avenue NE where beverages (including coffee drinks) and bar food is available for purchase.

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  • Mareen

    Thanks for organizing this. Was a great movie. I had something come up and had to run but hope to meet and chat after, the next time.

    December 21, 2013

  • Jessica S.

    Thoughtful film, good company, tasty food. Thanks again, George!

    December 19, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    Enjoyed the film...and the get-together afterwards. Good group of people and lively discussion! Thanks George...

    December 19, 2013

  • Karla

    I enjoyed the movie very much. Socializing after the movie was also a lot of fun. It was a nice evening. It was my first time out with this group.

    December 18, 2013

  • Don

    Unable to make it after all. Sorry to miss it, and the group.

    December 18, 2013

  • Silvia

    I wont be abke to make it on time. Sorry.

    December 18, 2013

  • Harry S

    Sorry, I have a conflict in my schedule that may make me late for this event. Just in case, I'll take myself off the RSVP list.

    December 18, 2013

  • George L.

    I scouted the area around the Crest. The most appealing place to meet is Suni's Pizza located near 179th and 15th Avenue NE. You can buy burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas (whole, not slices). North City Lounge will be ok if folks just want a drink and bar food.

    December 17, 2013

  • Karla

    I'm guessing the film is subtitled. True?

    December 14, 2013

    • Bob

      yes it is.

      December 15, 2013

  • Linda K

    There is a coffee shop "kitty-corner" across the intersection from the Crest Theatre - Cafe Aroma. They also have a limited selection of cookies and such. I'm not sure what their hours are, it seems like they may be open prior to the movie, depending on when people get there.

    In the past they've even been known to have live music, although I didn't attend any of those evenings....

    December 14, 2013

    • George L.

      Linda: Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately they close at 7:00, and I don't want to meet at a dining establishment prior to an early evening showing because many of us have to hustle to get to that neighborhood after getting off of work.

      December 14, 2013

  • laura

    I saw this film when it first opened and I highly recommend it! The acting and directing are terrific and you really get a sense of the severely circumscribed life faced by Saudi Arabian girls and women. I sure hope it receives some Oscar nods.

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Bob

    I just saw the film this evening. It was excellent, giving you a good understanding of the culture, life and problems that women endure in the Saudi Kingdom.

    1 · December 13, 2013

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