Scene 1 Tue, Feb 5 6:00 PM
Scene 1 Tue, Mar 5 6:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Bijou Horizons
Women's March
Film Info
Runtime:100 minutes
Director:Haifaa al-Mansour
Year Released:2013
Production Country:Saudi Arabia


Part of Bijou Film Board's Horizons series.
FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

"This delightful debut feature by a Saudi woman named Haifaa al-Mansour uses a bicycle as a metaphor for freedom within a social circumference." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The most radical and cheering message of Wadjda is that change isn't just possible, but inevitable." - Washington Post

"A sweet little film about the human spirit, about want and energy and determination against unfair odds." - Detroit News

WADJDA is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Even more impressive, WADJDA is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film.