Saudi director Haifaa Almanour is once again behind the camera creating what once again will be a hit not only in her country’s various art spaces – as I hope it will show in the rest of the Gulf soon, but I expect will also be included in many film festivals around the world. I have no doubt, seeing her previous efforts, that her new film will also win many deserved accolades.
Haifaa’s latest film is about a young girl yearning to be free. Here’s a synopsis:
10-year-old Wadjda challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. When everything goes against her plans, she sees one last chance in her school’s Koran recitation competition and the large cash prize for first place.
The first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, WADJDA is the story of a girl determined to fight for her dreams.