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WADJDA – Haifaa Al Mansour 2012

WADJDA – Haifaa Al Mansour 2012

ART CINEMA AWARD – Venice 2012 

Synopsis: A story set in Saudi Arabia and focused on the experiences of a young girl who challenges her country’s traditions.

The Jury’s verdict: WADJDA is an original first feature film  from a country which has little to zero  film production. Far from being an obstacle, these difficulties grant the film with more bravery and audacity. WADJDA gives a powerful insight into an unknown world, womens’ world, in a country which observes the Sharia law. But the film is interesting enough to overcome the cultural and social background and delivers a simple and well told universal story. Masterfully shot and well interpreted, Wadjda announces the surprising coming of Saudi Arabian cinema in the art film scene. 

The Jury:

  • Tanja Milicic (Cinema Valli and Pula Film Festival, HR)
  • Francesco Clerici (Writer, Barz and Hippo Project, IT)
  • Jon Barrenechea (General Director of Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton, UK)

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