Haifaa Al Mansour
Saudi Arabia, DEU 2012

Wadjda is a 11-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue.

“I’m so proud to have shot the first full-length feature ever filmed entirely inside the Kingdom. I hope the film offers a unique insight into my own country and speaks of universal themes of hope and perseverance that people of all cultures can relate to.” (Haifaa Al Mansour) 


  • Reem Abdullah - Mutter
  • Waad Mohammed - Wadjda
  • Abdullrahman Al Gohani - Abdullah
  • Ahd - Hussa
  • Sultan Al Assaf - Vater
  • Haifaa Al Mansour
  • Sebastian Schmidt
  • Lutz Reitemeier
  • Andreas Wodraschke
  • Max Richter
  • Thomas Molt
  • Peter Pohl
Razor Film, High Look Group, Rotana Studios, NDR, BR

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