Wadjda, the first movie that was shot entirely in the kingdom, has been submitted for the prestigious Academy Award’s foreign-movie category, reported Gulf News. The movie is the first film that is submitted by Saudi Arabia for Oscar nomination.
The film, which written and directed by Haifa Al Mansour, tells the story of an young girl growing up in traditional society in the suburbs of Riyadh and desperately wishing for a bicycle that she is not allowed to have.
Head of Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts and Nomination Committee Chairman, Sultan Al Bazie said on Friday that the film was a real depiction of the culture of Saudi Arabia. He also added that the story of the movie echoed the sentiments of the audience.
Wadjda was selected as the best Arab feature at the Dubai International Film Fest in 2012. Wadjda is Haifa’s first narrative movie. She shot the film covertly on Riyadh streets, sometimes giving directions from within her caravan. Besides directing three short films, Haifa also directed the award-winning documentary “Women Without Shadows” exploring the hidden lives of Gulf women.
The official trailer of the movie: