Filmfest 2013

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"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.

tags: Feature film

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