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Wadjda

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Wadjda tells 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. She decides to enter the school’s Quran contest just to buy it with the prize money.
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ABC Radio Brisbane
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March 28, 2014

This is a film to be admired for both its on-screen and off-screen story.
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Reel Film Reviews
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August 10, 2014

...a well-intentioned yet terminally uneven endeavor...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 17, 2013

This delightful debut feature by a Saudi woman named Haifaa Al-Mansour uses a bicycle as a metaphor for freedom within a social circumference.
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3AW
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March 21, 2014

A warm, winning, restless film...Beautiful, modestly progressive and heartfelt, with a wonderful, brash central performance from first-timer Waad Mohammed.
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Detroit News
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October 11, 2013

A sweet little film about the human spirit, about want and energy and determination against unfair odds.
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Jerusalem Post
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March 22, 2016

A cinematic gem, Wadjda is a movie that combines pointed political and social commentary, wonderful performances and an extraordinarily charming young heroine you can root for.
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Washington Post
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December 10, 2013

The most radical and cheering message of Wadjda is that a change isn't just possible, but inevitable.
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Movie Mezzanine
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April 08, 2014

There are important films and there are good films, and the two do not necessarily always overlap. Wadjda is both important and very, very good.
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Denver Post

October 04, 2013

In Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour's winsome wonder Wadjda, a young girl's aspirations provide an intimate glimpse into the possibilities and limitations of a cloaked culture.
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Turner Classic Movies Online
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April 03, 2014

Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour uses the simple story as our entry into a complex culture and a pointed perspective on how women are treated in Saudi society ...
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Seattle Times

October 17, 2013

"Wadjda" earns extra points just for being what it is. Who knew that, in a country that famously frowns on women driving cars, some are even allowed to make movies?
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Boston Globe
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October 03, 2013

More than a critique of Saudi society, "Wadjda" offers a character with universal resonance and appeal.
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