"Delicately and effortlessly directed by Mansour, WADJDA is an assured and understated gem of a film. The hilt of the piece is an extremely likable and impressively acted central performance from Mohammed as Wadjda, whose precociousness and defiance towards the authority of a rigid system highlights the scarceness of equality in the country. While it respectfully doesn't attempt to unpack or even settle issues regarding female passivity or religious constructs, Mansour's film is a modest and sunny little tale that rarely takes itself too seriously."
Edward Frost, www.takeonecff.com/2012
Haifaa Al-Mansour's short WHO? and her documentary WOMEN WITHOUT SHADOWS deal with the custom of abaya. She has received hate mail and criticism for being unreligious, which she denies. She does, however, feel that Saudi Arabia needs to take a more critical view of its culture.
Cast: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf
Screenplay: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Director of Photography: Lutz Reitemeier
Film Editor: Andreas Wodraschke
Production Designer: Thomas Molt
Costume Design: Peter Pohl
Sound: Marc Meusinger
Producer: Gerhard Meixner
Co-Producer: Roman Paul, Amr J Alkahtani
Production Company: Razor Film Produktion GmbH
World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH
Distributor: Koch Media Deutschland GmbH
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour