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WADJDA

by Haifaa Al Mansour

synopsis

Wadjda 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 fi ght with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, 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 and raise the money herself...

international title: Wadjda
original title: Wadjda
country: Saudi Arabia, Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Haifaa Al Mansour
film run: 97'
release date: IS 29/11/2012, IT 06/12/2012, BE 06/02/2013, FR 06/02/2013, SE 08/03/2013, NL 16/05/2013, PL 07/06/2013, ES 28/06/2013, UK 19/07/2013, DE 15/08/2013
screenplay: Haifaa Al Mansour
cast: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd Kamel, Sultan Al Assaf
cinematography by: Lutz Reitemeier
film editing: Andreas Wodraschke
art director: Thomas Molt
costumes designer: Peter Pohl
producer: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
co-producer: Amr Alkahtani
production: Razor Film Produktion, Highlook Communications Group/Saudi Arabia
distributor: Academy Two, Pretty Pictures, Alternative Films, Wanda Visión, Soda Pictures, Koch Media Gmbh
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