Wadjda

An eleven-year-old girl in Saudi-Arabia is saving up to be able to buy a green bike so she can race her friend Abdullah. Mansour won international acclaim with her portrait of an innocent young girl that unwittingly defies social and religious conventions. Mansour belongs to a new generation of Arab female filmmakers whose work is currently screened in EYE.

Wadjda lives in affluent Riadh. Her dream is to buy the green bike that she’s been admiring in the shop for so long. Her mother keeps telling Wadjda that women are not allowed to ride bicycles, but her daughter doesn’t care. Every penny she can save is put aside so she’ll be able to race her friend Abdullah on her green bike.

This coming-of-age story is the first long feature film to come out of Saudi Arabia. The film successfully integrates the clash between old and new values. Having received attention worldwide, Mansour – Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker – was invited to a number of international film festivals, where she focused attention on the existence of talented female  Arab directors.

The film, which was partly inspired by Mansour’s own experiences as a girl, won many prizes, including the Art Cinema Award of the Venice film festival.