Wadjda

Wadjda

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Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities ingrained in her world. Hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring all at once, this groundbreaking film has charmed critics and audiences all over the globe.
Edition: Blu-Ray + DVD combo pack.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 97 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Wajdah.

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originaladream
Feb 04, 2020

Wadjda is a shrewd business negotiator/entrepreneur free spirited girl. She's born in a different era yet ruled over by two who live traditional/contradictory lives. Wadjda's school's principal and mother do their best to instill traditional, proper, Muslim womanly etiquette in Wadjda but Wadjda lives unapologetic, respectful, and unafraid. Wadjda is not intimidated by men and at such an age, she unlike her principal and mother, has received a proposal for marriage.
The take-away of this film is that Wadjda is the new face of her country. No more will women be intimidated and run from men who make cat calls, stare, and speak loudly at them. Wadjda gives no man power over her. With an unveiled face, Wadjda presents a posture of courage, does not shudder in the presence of men, and gets what she wants.

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avaecarey
Feb 02, 2020

Truly Amazing. The strength and determination of this young girl to go against the cultural norms of her family & society. Eye opening to the many things we take for granted here in the US. The simple pleasure of being free, to ride with the wind in her hair was so beautifully captured.

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mrbeowulf
Oct 15, 2019

This movie is about a 10-year girl who lives in Saudi Arabia and she wants to ride a bicycle. In the U.S., both girls and boys can ride bicycles. In the Middle East, the mores and cultural norms are different. It is strict and sometimes forbidden for girls to ride a bike in public. The little girl is named Wadjda. In the end of the movie, her mom does buy Wadjda a bicycle. ****If you get a chance, check out the bonus features because it has a Q&A with the film director. Her name is Haifaa Al-Mansour. The film director had to be in van to direct the film while in Saudi Arabia. Once again people have to consider the cultural rules and customs of Saudi Arabian society. ************************************************************This movie dealt with the rights of women. In 2017, women could get access to health care and education without the consent of a guardian. They were also given the right to drive a car in 2017. How long will it take the Middle East to catch up with the rest of the world in establishing full human rights to women?

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kuttu68
Aug 14, 2019

It is a sad reality if Saudi kingdom and how women or girls are treated in society. It is a shame that the real Islam which is from the Qur'an never said for women to be treated unequal at all. Too bad the Saudi kingdom is full of snakes who don't care about people at all all they want is their blood money never helping anyone other then themselves with greed. I liked this movie I found it very interesting but sad even at her school their was no understanding women towards theses girls at all.

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shlby69m
Mar 08, 2019

Riveting! Subtiley brutal. Great sights, music and insight. Great ending.

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scribby
Feb 18, 2019

A ten-year old girl and her mother live out parallel stories in this film about life in an oppressive society. It's difficult to tell where the bulk of the oppression is coming from: school, the mother's deadbeat husband, the society in general, or the government and the fundamentalist version of the religion (which are intertwined) -- but both of the main characters rise above it. A touching movie.

JCLScottS Apr 04, 2018

Wadjda is such a wonderful character, the embodiment of dedication, focus, and determination. Such a moving and inspiring film!

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Annieoywong
Mar 01, 2018

This is the first full-length feature film shot in Saudi Arabia made by a female Saudi director.
The film offers a simple story of a 10-year old girl who wanted to buy and ride on a bicycle.
From this film, it is interesting to learn more about the culture and the Saudi life.

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bitsysmom
Oct 25, 2017

Compelling story of a young Muslim girl who just want to ride a bike, despite opposition. Insight into the life of a young Muslim girl.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 02, 2017

This movie has several plot threads beyond Wadjda attempting various ways to earn the 800 riyals to buy the coveted bicycle. Her father is considering marrying a second wife who may bear him a highly-prized son. The principal of the girl's school promotes virtue and modesty in her female students but has a secret that undermines her authority. An informative view into the most conservative Islamic society from the female point-of-view.

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gsoone
Sep 08, 2016

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. 99%/88%

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