Posts tagged Haifaa al-Mansour
Where a Bicycle Is Sweetly Subversive

"'Wadjda' tells the story of a determined, misfit 10-year-old girl and her quest for a green bicycle. Set in the Riyadh suburbs, where women’s mobility is limited, and bike riding is considered a threat to a girl’s virtue, Wadjda hopes to buy one herself by winning a Koran-recitation competition at school that has a cash prize."

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Silly Girl, You Want to Race a Boy?

"You can tell that Wadjda is a rebel by looking at her feet. The other students at her all-girls madrassa in Saudi Arabia accessorize their long, shapeless gray dresses with black Mary Janes and frilly socks, but Wadjda, a lanky 10-year-old with big eyes and an easy smile, favors black Converse high-tops, a small gesture of spirited individuality in a world that seems organized to suppress any such expression."

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‘Wadjda’ director Haifaa Al Mansour gives female perspective of life in Saudi Arabia

"'That' being directing a film in public in the conservative Muslim kingdom, if you’re a woman. And yet here is Al Mansour in a hotel suite in the District’s West End, a silver tray of noontime tea in front of her, across from an easel holding a poster pocked with praise for her film “Wadjda” (pronounced “WA-je-da”). The van was both a necessary capitulation to Saudi codes and a way around them, and the film’s title character employs a similar strategy in Al Mansour’s story: By competing for a cash prize in a Koran memorization contest, feisty 10-year-old Wadjda hopes to buy a bicycle for herself, even though bicycles are off limits to girls."

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In the age of YouTube, what's the point in Saudi Arabia's cinema ban?

"This week marked the end of another period of prolonged excitement about the possibility of re-opening cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been banned since the 1980s. My hopes in this area have been crushed countless times before. But my optimism had been reignited by the recent establishment of the General Entertainment Authority, as part of Saudi Arabia's "Vision 2030" program, which promises a wave of cultural reforms intended to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent economy."

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