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Bike Friendly Communities PEI Presents: Wadjda

Winner of over 25 Festival and Critics’ Awards

PG, mature theme.
Dir: Haifaa Al-Mansour.
Saudi Arabia, 2012, 98 min.
Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah.
In Arabic with English subtitles.
All tickets are $10.

“Saudi Arabia is not known for its girl power. It’s the only country in the world that forbids women to drive, let alone vote, which makes this remarkable and enchanting debut by Saudi’s first female director even more of a mini-miracle. Our rebellious heroine is Wadjda, an uncrushably cheeky little ten-year-old who wears Converse high-tops under her abaya and makes mix-tapes of Western pop music. Wadjda’s dream is to get a bicycle to race against the boy next door but her mother forbids it: under religious law, modest girls aren’t allowed to ride bikes… Director Haifaa al-Mansour had to overcome many obstacles to make this movie… But her film is determinedly non-preachy, non-bitter and rapturously uplifting. Clearly influenced by classics such as Bicycle Thieves and The White Balloon, the movie is as minimalist as it is eloquent, using a simple story to illuminate weighty issues.” – Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro (UK). “Wadjda captures Saudi life on the cusp of serious change, but it’s by no means a solemn drama. Al-Mansour writes and directs with a light touch and hopeful aspect.” 

—Peter Howell, The Toronto Star


June 19
2:00 pm
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City Cinema
64 King St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1B3 Canada
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