Hailed as the first film shot in contemporary Saudi Arabia (from the first female Saudi filmmaker), Wadjda tells the story of a young girl in a conservative town who dreams of having a bicycle, which is forbidden for girls.
Beautiful, strong message: a small gesture of emancipation in respect of own cultural stakes, narrated with onesty and without leaving from its social and cultural background. I point out that we cannot read these stories only through the focus of cultural limits (woman rights and so on..), we'd do a wrong to the director intentions.
Wadjda was really wonderful, a great deal more uplifting and light-hearted than I thought it was going to be given the underlying issues that the film attempts to tackle; while ostensibly the film is essentially about a girl who wishes for a bicycle it becomes extremely clear that the bicycle itself is a metaphor for women's freedom and equality. Wadjda is well worth seeing if you have the opportunity.