Wadjda @ the LA Film Fest June 21 & 22

This looks like a really great film! It's showing Friday June 21st & Saturday June 22nd:

This rousing, pioneering gem--not only the first Saudi Arabian feature shot within the Kingdom, but the first ever directed by a woman--focuses on a remarkable 10-year-old girl named Wadjda, who sets her sights on buying a beautiful green bicycle so she can race her friend Abdullah through the suburban streets of Riyadh. But in this conservative society, virtuous girls don't ride bikes, and her mother forbids it. The rebellious Wadjda decides to raise the money herself--by entering a Koran recitation competition at her school. The troublemaker must pose as a pious, model student to achieve her goal.

How this cheekily subversive tale, whose heroine confronts centuries of male-dominated tradition, got made in Saudi Arabia is a small miracle. It will probably never be shown there--the country has no cinemas--but audiences everywhere else will happily succumb to its charms.



International Showcase

(Germany, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, 2012, 97 mins, DCP)

In Arabic with English subtitles

Directed By:

 Haifaa Al Mansour

Executive Producers: Christian Granderath, Louise Nemschoff, Bettina Ricklefs, Rena Ronson, Hala Sarhan
Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Screenwriter: Haifaa Al Mansour
Cinematographer: Lutz Reitemeier
Editor: Andreas Wodraschke
Cast: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf
Music: Max Richter

Hosted by Levantine Cultural Center, Muslim Public Affairs Council's Hollywood Bureau, Women in Film