September 13th 2013
  • Drama,
  • PG,
  • 98 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf, Dana Abdullilah, Rehab Ahmed, Rafa Al Sanea, Mohammed Albahry, Mariam Alghamdi, Ali Algorbani, Sara Aljaber, Mohammed Alkhozain, Maram Alkohzaim, Mariam Alkohzaim, Ibrahim Almozael, Saud Alotibi, Faoziah Alyaaqop, Noura Faisal, Sami Hazim, Talal Loay, Ahmad Noman, Saud Olojayvan, Nouf Saad, Alanoud Sajini, Dima Sajini, Tahany Yusef, Mohammed Zahir
  • Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • Writer: Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
  • Co Producer: Amr Alkahtani
  • Executive Producers: Christian Granderath, Louise Nemschoff, Bettina Ricklefs, Rena Ronson, Hala Sarhan
  • Costume Design: Peter Pohl
  • D.O.P.: Lutz Reitemeier
  • Editor: Andreas Wodraschke
  • Makeup: Oliver Ziem-Schwerdt
  • Music: Max Richter
  • Production Design: Thomas Molt


Ten-year-old Wadjda challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. When everything goes against her plans, she sees one last chance in her school's Koran recitation competition and the large cash prize for first place. "Wadjda" is the story of a girl determined to fight for her dreams.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking
  • Production Companies: Highlook Communications Group, Razor Film Produktion GmbH, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Rotana Studios
  • Production Schedule: 2011-2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female Saudi filmmaker, makes her feature debut on this coming-of-age drama which marks the first full-length feature to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. The story follows an 11-year old tomboy girl growing up in the suburbs of Riyadh who dreams of owning and riding a green bicycle. Premiering in Venice last year to strong reviews, critics praised the film as a gem of filmmaking on its own - even without the setting and all its political connotations. It's only a modest film, but when the filmmaker has to direct her own production via a walkie-talkie whilst sitting in a van a few blocks away, you can understand the kind of challenge a project like this can be."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 29 November 2012: Iceland
  • 6 December 2012: Italy
  • 6 February 2013: Belgium, France
  • 8 March 2013: Sweden
  • 3 May 2013: Brazil
  • 16 May 2013: Netherlands
  • 7 June 2013: Poland
  • 28 June 2013: Spain
  • 19 July 2013: Ireland, UK
  • 5 September 2013: Germany
  • 1 November 2013: Norway