To shoot a film in Saudi Arabia where cinema itself is banned is an achievement for any director.
When that filmmaker also happens to be a woman, in a country where it is illegal for women to drive or vote, makes Haifaa Al Mansour’s debut feature Wadjda all the more impressive.
Most remarkably of all, it’s a masterful film filled with humour, emotion and humanity.
Wadjda is a 10-year-old Saudi Arabian girl, entrepreneurial and rebellious. She’s determined to buy a bicycle, even though it’s frowned upon.
Boundary-pushing in all the best ways, Wadjda offers a fascinating glimpse into a world rarely seen.
Bangalow A & I Hall – WADJDA (PG) – Saturday 3 May.
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