Wajdja (15)

Mon 24 February 1.00pm,

A tomboyish girl challenges Saudi Arabian traditions in this ground-breaking drama.

Fun-loving, troublemaking ten-year-old Wadjda lives in a suburb of Riyadh. When she sees a lovely green bicycle for sale, she yearns to have it so she can beat local boy Abdullah in a race. But her mother won’t buy it for her because conservative Saudi Arabian cultural tradition deems bicycles to be a danger to girls’ virtue. Undaunted, plucky Wadjda resolves to raise the money herself. When she learns that there’s a cash prize at school for a Koran recitation competition, she devotes herself to learning its verses. In doing so, she acquires a reputation as a model, pious girl. The first feature film ever made by a female Saudi director, this simple yet powerful fable was shot entirely on location in the Kingdom.

Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Starring: Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Reem Abdullah

Tickets: £4.50 in advance, £5.50 on the door (Ticket price includes £1 booking fee)