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Friday, October 24, 2014  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, October 25, 2014  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 26, 2014  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. When she sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale, Wadjda wants it desperately so she can race her friend, Abdullah. Her mother fears the backlash of a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue, so Wadjda sets out to raise the money by herself. After running a variety of schemes she is left with one last chance to raise the remaining funds — winning the first-place cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, impressing her teachers as a model pious girl. The contest will not be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she uses her cunning mind to find a way to rise above her competitors and make her most cherished dream come true.

Director Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia. Wadjda is her first feature film, and the first feature film ever shot in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It received a 10-minute standing ovation at its premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


Saudi Arabia + Germany 2012
98 minutes
In Arabic subtitled in English
Rated PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking

Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour


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