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Haifaa Al-Mansour: Saudi Arabia’s first female direction on Wadjda and growing up where cinemas are forbidden

by | 20th, September 2013

Director Haifaa Al Mansour poses during the photo call of the movie 'Wadjda' at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

WHAT’S it like being Saudi Arabia’s first female film director? Haifaa Al-Mansour  knows. Well, it has tricky. She directed  Wadjda   via a walkie-talkie.

What’s the film  about ?

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Says Al-Mansour:

“I wanted to depict a character who will embrace life and fight for it. I think such messages are very important in the Middle East. A lot of people think if they change the regime, their life will be all ok. It doesn’t happen and there’s a lot of disappointment, because change needs a lot of dedication and a lot of work.”

She adds :

“It was very hard for me not to be with my actors, some of them [acting] for the first time. I had to see [what they were doing] through a monitor. But it was really important for me to make the film in Saudi. So if there was an obstacle, then we tried to overcome.”

There are no cinemas in Saudi Arabia.

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