by Haifaa al Mansour



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...


Mother Reem Abdullah
Wadjda Waad Mohammed
Abdullah Abdullrahman Al Gohani
Hussa Ahd
Father Sultan Al Assaf


Director Haifaa Al Mansour
Screenplay Haifaa Al Mansour
Director of Photography Lutz Reitemeier
Editor Andreas Wodraschke
Production Designer Thomas Molt
Costume Designer Peter Pohl
Composer Max Richter
Sound Designer Sebastian Schmidt
Recording Mixer Marc Meusinger
Producers Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner
Co-producers Amr Alkahtani, Layali Badr,Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk

Technical Data

Format: Feature Film / Colour / 93 min
Original Language: Arabic


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