Virtual: WADJDA

Haifaa al Mansour / Cert PG / 97 mins / Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Germany, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, USA (2012) / subtitles

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"As simple and charming as you could wish for, this is a genuinely pioneering debut from a female Saudi filmmaker and a striking piece of work by any standards.★★★★ Empire  "Boundary-pushing cinema in all the best ways." ★★★★ Telegraph

"It's remarkable that the first feature filmed entirely within Saudi Arabia (which has no cinemas) was directed by a woman. But what is even more pleasing is that its protagonist is a spirited tweenage girl, whose refusal to accept the restrictions placed upon her gender renders the story both wryly charming and slyly subversive. Denied a bicycle like her male friend’s in case it compromises her virginity, Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) sets about raising her own cash by entering the Qur’an recital competition run by her suspicious headmistress. The plot is deceptively simple, but the sociopolitical insights are devastating." - David Parkinson, Empire

We are delighted to be able to show Haifaa al Mansour's quietly wonderful first feature alongside her most recent feature, this week's The Perfect Candidate event. The whole Lexi team were won over by Wadjda, and her crusade to get a bicycle.  Transgressive political film making rarely comes this pleasingly sugar-coated!

Click here to start viewing Wadjda for free on MUBI  If you haven't done so already, you must register with them here first in order to view the film, although MUBI are gifting Lexi customers with a period of free viewing.  When signing up you'll be asked to enter your card details, but no money will be taken and you can cancel before the 3 month free trial is are up.

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