‘Wajda’ tells the story of a ten-year-old schoolgirl

According to a statement by Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival Adbul Hamid Juma at a recent press conference, Wajda- directed by Saudi Arabia’s first woman director  Haifa Al-Mansour , will be among the films to be screened at the Dubai International Film Festival  which commences in December,2012 .

The film, written and directed by Haifa Al Mansour, tells the story of an 11-year-old girl growing up in traditional society in the suburbs of Riyadh and desperately wishing  for a bicycle, which she’s not allowed to have.

The film recently won critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival . Haifa Al Mansour studied literature at the American University in Cairo and film at the University of Sydney.

She has previously directed three short films  and  also the award-winning documentary “Women Without Shadows”  exploring the hidden lives of Gulf women.