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Wadjda

English title: Wadjda
Original title: Wadjda
German title: Mädchen Wadjda, Das
Germany, Saudi-Arabia, 2012

Director: Mansour, Haifaa Al
Production company: Razor Film Production
Co-producers: High Look Group, Amr Alkahtani, Rotana Studios, NDR, BR
Age recommendation: 10 years and up

Synopsis:
10-year-old Wadjda is a curious and bold girl. She might be one of the toughest «boys in the street», but in Saudi Arabia there are different rules for boys and girls. Boys can run wild in the street but girls are supposed to stay nicely in the background – preferably indoors. This won’t do for Wadjda. Most of all she wants a green bicycle, but that is unsuitable for a girl.

Comments:
Wadjda is a charming film about a young person fighting to make herself understood and achieve justice in a strictly religious society where men make all the decisions based on ancient laws. Fittingly enough, the film is directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour, and young Waad Mohammed in the lead role is a real find. Wadjda breaks new ground in the country without cinemas, as Saudi Arabias first feature film ever.

Festivals:
Venice 2012 (awarded), Tallinn Black Nights 2012 (awarded), Ale Kino Poznan 2012 (awarded), Dubai 2012 (awarded), Tromsö 2013 (awarded), Göteborg 2013 (awarded), Rotterdam 2013 (awarded), Fribourg 2013 (awarded), Gulf FF 2013 (awarded), Cannes 2013 (awarded), Cinemagi Haugesund 2013. Buster 2013 (awarded), Schlingel Chemnitz 2013, FIFEM Montreal 2014, El Meu Primer Festival Barcelona 2014

Study guide: Danish

Study guide: English

Study guide: French

Study guide: German

Study guide: Italian

Study guide: Norwegian

Study guide: Slovenian

World sales address/es:
Match Factory (D)

Sold to:
Neue Visionen (D)
Koch Media
Arthaus (Norway)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (D)