At first, Wadjda's mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what's going on. And soon enough Wadjda's 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...
Wadjda, the title character of Haifaa al-Mansour's charming first feature, is an entrepreneurial 10-year-old in Riyadh - a girl who wears scruffy Converse sneakers and jeans under her long black robe, sells homemade bracelets and mix tapes to make extra money, constantly runs afoul of the headmistress at her school, and longs desperately for the shiny olive-green bicycle on sale at a neighborhood store. » Read more
PGfor thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking
Cast:Mohammed Albahry; Dana Abdullilah; Talal Loay; Mohammed Alkhozain; Mariam Alkohzaim; Waad Mohammed; Abdullrahman Algohani; Reem Abdullah; Ahd Kamel
Directed by:Haifaa Al-Mansour
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