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Haifaa Al Mansour

Saudi Arabia, Germany, United States, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Netherlands | 2012 | Genre: Comedy, Drama | first feature film | running time: 98’

"With impressive agility, Wadjda finds room to maneuver between harsh realism and a more hopeful kind of storytelling."  
A. O. Scott - The New York Times

festivals & awards

Orizzonti , Venice International Film Festival 2012 / Cinema Avenire Award - Best Film, Interfilm Award, CICAE Award


Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. Soon enough, Wadjda's plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, determined to continue fighting for her dreams.


original title



Comedy, Drama


Saudi Arabia, Germany, United States, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Netherlands

running time


produced by

Razor Film Produktion - Germany

in co-production with

High Look Group - USA
Rotana Studios - Egypt

directed by

Haifaa Al Mansour


The Match Factory

A Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to earn money to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.