Saudi Movie Wins Dubai Festival Awards


Saudi movie “Wadjda,” a tale of a girl’s quest to own a bicycle in the kingdom where women are deprived of many rights, won the best Arabic feature film at the Dubai Film Festival on Sunday.

Directed by Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansoor, and shot entirely in the ultra-conservative kingdom where cinemas are banned, the film won the “Muhr” award.

Ten-year-old Waad Mohammed, who plays the girl named Wadjda and who is also testing the boundaries of a woman’s place in a highly conservative society where her love for Western music and fashions land her in trouble, bagged the best actress award at the festival.

I still remember when Haifaa told me about her idea for this movie years ago before she moved to Australia to study filmmaking. I’m glad that she came back to make it, and I’m very proud of her. Mabrook ya Haifaa.