The first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first Saudi feature directed by a woman, ‘Wadjda’ is the story of a fun-loving, entrepreneurial 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh. When Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale, she wants it desperately, but her mother won't allow her to have it, fearing repercussions from a conservative society, so Wadjda decides to raise the money herself. Just as she is losing hope, Wadjda hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school... ‘Wadjda’ won three awards at the Venice Film Festival, and was named Best Film at the Dubai International Film Festival last year.
Thursday, 4th April at 7pm
Friday, 5th April at 7pm
Both screenings will be preceded by an introduction and followed by an extended Q&A with the director, Haifaa Al-Mansour.
2013 - Palm Springs International Film Festival (Directors to watch)
2012 - Dubai International Film Festival (Muhr Arab Award), Best Feature Film, Best Actress (Waad Mohammed)
2012 - Venice Film Festival (CinemAvvenire Award, C.I.C.A.E. Award and Interfilm Award)
Purchase your tickets via the Doha Film Institute website now: http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/films/wadjda
The DFI Box Office at the MIA (located close to the auditorium) will open at noon on Thursday and at 2pm on Friday. With a large turnout anticipated for these special screenings with the director, those hoping to attend are urged to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Also available via the Doha Film Institute website and mobile app.
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