To shoot a film on location in a country where cinemas themselves have been banned for over 30 years is some kind achievement for any director. When that filmmaker also happens to be a woman, in a country where it is illegal for women to drive let alone direct, makes Haifaa Al Mansour’s accomplishment with her debut feature Wadjda all the more impressive. Al Mansour’s story of a precocious young Saudi girl from a lower-middle-class family in capital city Riyadh is a beautifully-made, heartfelt gem.
- Haifaa Al-Mansour
- Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Algohani, Ahd Kamel, Sultan Al Assaf, Dana Abdullilah, Rehab Ahmed, Rafa Al Sanea, Mohammed Albahry, Mariam Alghamdi, Ali Algorbani, Sara Aljaber, Mohammed Alkhozain, Maram Alkohzaim, Mariam Alkohzaim
- 98 min
- Saudi Arabia, Germany