Wadjda @ Islemunda

On 6 October, the Arab Film Festival organizes, in cooperation with Islemunda – theater in the neigbourhood IJsselmonde, the film screening ‘Wadjda’. The winner of the audience award of the film festival 2013 is a feel good movie. Stubborn Wadjda from Riyad is willing to do everything in order to obtain a green bicycle. Boys are allowed to cycle, so why would she not? The first feature film ever made in Saudi Arabia is made by the first female filmmaker in the country.

With a lot of humor, this film sketches a good picture of Saudi culture and its social rules. Wadjda (10 years old) lives in an outskirt of Riyad, the capital of Saudi Arabia, together with her parents. In spite of the conservative environment Wadjda lives in, she is a playful child that often explores borders. When the girl wants to have a beautiful green bicycle, her mother does not agree: what would society think about this? Cycling is not appropriate for girls after all. Wadjda doesn’t give up and decides to set aside some money in order to be able to buy a bicycle.

18.30 walk-in with activities for children (reading / crafting / games) and DJ Mimo
19.30 start screening’Wadjda’
After the film there will be bites and DJ Mimo will play music again.

6,- adults
3,- children


This screening is a cooperation between the Arab Film Festival, Islemunda, the library of Rotterdam and Stichting De Vrolijkheid.