'Wadjda': Dont miss the first-ever female directed Saudi Arabian film

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJune 4, 2014 

Wadjda is not just a great movie, but it's an amazing and historical piece of work by Haifaa Al-Mansour, a female Saudi Arabian director brave enough to take a hard look at the nation's Islamic traditions verses the need for the social liberation of women in a male- and religious- dominated society.

Progress is being made. Al-Mansour can't drive, but she can do a movie. Ironically, the vehicle used is a bicycle. Waad Mohammed plays Wadjda, who is an 11-year old girl wanting one. Girls in Saudi Arabia not only don't drive, but they don't ride bikes.

They do -- in this case at least -- make very good movies.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Stars: Waad Mohammod, Ahd, Reem Abudulla

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated PG for mature themes. It plays at 8 p.m. June 6 only at the Battelle Auditorium.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

-- Mr. Movie also rides bicycles. Check him out at www.tricityherald.com/arts/mrmovie.

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