Acclaimed Saudi film to be screened at MIA

March 18, 2013 - 12:00:00 am

A screen grab from Wadjda.

DOHA: Multi-award winning Saudi film Wadjda will be screened on April 4 and 5 at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) as part of  Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) year-round series, Hekayat Khaleejiya.

The 2012 film which scooped three awards at the Venice Film Festival was the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first Saudi feature directed by a woman.

The two screenings will be followed by an extended Q&A session with director Haifaa Al Mansour.

Wadjda, is the story of a fun-loving, entrepreneurial 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh. When Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale, she wants it desperately, but her mother won’t allow her to have it, fearing repercussions from a conservative society, so Wadjda decides to raise the money herself. Just as she is losing hope, Wadjda hears of a cash prize for a Quran recitation competition at her school.

The film won five international awards, including the Muhr award for Best Film at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Tickets are now on sale at or at the DFI Ticket Outlet at the MIA.

‘Hekayat Khaleejiya’ is a DFI screening series dedicated to showcasing cinematic voices from the Gulf region. Taking place at the MIA every three months, it will present films accompanied by a Q&A session with the filmmakers for a chance to gain insight in to their work and process.

The Peninsula