10-year-old Wadjda desperately wants a bicycle so that she can beat her friend 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. In the first full-length feature film to be made entirely in Saudi Arabia, (and by a female director) Haifaa Al-Mansour turns a little girl’s quest to earn money for her own bicycle into a poignant fable about growing up female in a place where women’s autonomy is severely restricted. Highly recommended.
Lucie (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)