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Wadjda (2012) 

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Ratings: 1.00 / 5.00 from 1 People
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Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
Starring: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed

Wadjda is a 10 year old girl living in Saudi Arabia. She is tom boyish, fun loving, vivacious and regarded a troublemaker at school. She sees a green bike for sale and immediately wants to buy it so she can race her young friend Abdullah. When her mother rejects the idea, Wadjda puts her entrepreneurial skills to use and enters a Koran recitation competition at her school, hoping to win and use the prize money to buy her dream bike.

This is an incredibly insightful film showcasing the traditional and restrictive culture in a Muslim country where women have an undignified existence. They must cover their faces/heads, they canít be seen or heard in public and many aren't permitted to work in public places with other men, yet their husbands can have multiple wives!

Other oddities include that girls can't ride bikes as they may lose their virginity, girls can't play with boys regardless of age and disturbingly 2o year old men are permitted to marry 10 year old girls. Wajda questions the restrictive culture, not scared to fight a system against what is traditionally acceptable. She wears head phones, listens to modern (the devil's) music, wears jeans and has tattoos on her hands. She stands out as a non conservative.

This is more than the story of a young girl's yearning for a bicycle. It's the story of a nation's silent yearning for social change and the abolition of extreme and intolerant ideologies. The bicycle represents social change and the final scenes in the film highlight there is hope these harsh rules and hypocrisies can be eradicated in time.
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Wadjda (2012)
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oddities include that girls can't ride bikes as they may lose their virginity...
Rating: 4.0