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Middle East Film Series: Wadjda (Saudi Arabia, 2012)

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Middle East Film Series: Wadjda (Saudi Arabia, 2012)

Film
Series: Middle East Initiative Film Series
Open to the Public - Wiener Auditorium
September 18, 2014
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

Description:

Please join us for a screening of Wadjda (Saudi Arabia, 2012), a film directed by Haifaa Al Mansour. Complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be available starting at 6pm. The film will start at 6:15pm.

About the Film:

Wadjda is a 10-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. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda's mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what's going on. And soon enough Wadjda's plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn't going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams...

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Contact:

Middle East Initiative
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
124 Mt. Auburn Street Suite 100 Cambridge, MA 02138
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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Email: middle_east_initiative@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4087
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