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Being a Saudi girl myself I didn't know what to expect, but honestly it was quiet good. The way they portrayed how it goes behind the closed doors of girls school so real, like I saw my whole life flashing in front of me: You have to cover your face, you have to wear fully covered abaya... etc, etc. Funny thing that most of you know by now that we don't have movie theaters here in Saudi Arabia, so I got invited to the screening in the U.S embassy. So I watched a Saudi movie directed by Saudi female director with a Saudi audience in Home but not quiet home. That kind of thing only happens here.
Good job Haifa.
A fascinating, but pretty frightening, window into Saudi culture. Major props to Haifaa al-Mansour for making this bravely feminist film.
Feminism potrayal through the life of a 10-year-old girl, Wadjda, trying to make sense of everyday norms in Islamic patriarchal society in Riyadh. All she wants is to ride a bicycle, but it is impossible for women in her society to do so. And if winning the Koran competition is what it all takes, she will go for it.
It's always a pleasure seeing how little children would react to what is considered right and what is considered wrong in the so-called social structures. It is only through their their pure curiosity and innocence do we can clearly see how our everyday rules can sometimes be so nonsensical, ridiculous, and even laughable. Wadjda delivers this idea in the most adorable, yet realistic ways.
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This movie ranks #44 in DIFF's The 100 Greatest Arab Films
This movie ranks #87 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
This movie ranks #716 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films