(Saudi Arabia, 2012-98 min, PG)
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.
Directed by Haifaa al Mansour.
Cast: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf
One Winchester, Many Traditions is a collaborative project of the Library and the Winchester Multicultural Network, funded by the John a nd Mary Murphy Educational Foundation. The project’s purpose is to welcome residents from other countries and to celebrate the varied cultural heritages of all of Winchester’s residents.
International Film Series, first Monday of each month through April in the large meeting room of the library.