The BAFTA-nominated 'Wadjda' is the first full-length feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia from the nation's first female director, Haifaa Al Mansour (back this month with 'The Perfect Candidate').
After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighbourhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, 10-year old 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. Undeterred, the rebellious, enterprising Wadjda plans to raise the money for the bike herself, hatching several money-making schemes including a local Qur'an-reading competition that offers a cash prize.
★★★★ "Boundary-pushing cinema in all the best ways" - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
★★★★ "A genuinely pioneering debut from a female Saudi filmmaker and a striking piece of work by any standards" - David Parkinson, Empire
★★★★ "You'd need a heart of stone not to be won over by Wadjda" - Xan Brooks, The Guardian