FTW: Wadjda on DVD
WE’VE got one of three copies of Saudi Arabian film, Wadjda, to give away! Daniel Driscoll has the rundown on the film and how you can win!
Wadjda is the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi director. This landmark feature is written and directed by first time feature-length directorHaifaa al-Mansour and tells the story of 11 year old Wadjda and her dream of owning a bicycle.
Living in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, Wadjda’s dream seems destined to remain just that. Riding a bicycle, like many other activities in the country, is frowned upon for girls and Wadjda’s mother refuses to buy her one. Wadjda ties as hard as she can to save money to afford her dream but after finding herself in trouble with the headmistress of her school, she decides to participate in a Qur’an recital competition. The prize for winning? A large sum of cash, which will be all the young girl needs to pay for a bike.
Wadjda shows audiences what it’s like to be a young girl growing up in a country steeped in tradition and rules, pushing against western culture. It has been celebrated all over the world after many runs across various film festivals and is frequently hailed as a triumph in Saudi Arabian cinema.
Wadjda is now available to own on DVD at your local movie retailer. Thanks to Entertainment One, Meld Magazine has three copies of Wadja on DVD to give away to our readers! To win a copy, simply enter our competition below.