Cedarville University

Foreign Film Series--Wadjda

September 23, 2014 from 7:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial, and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. Wadjda’s mother, however, forbids it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Wadjda then decides to raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to recognize Wadjda’s plans. All of Wadjda’s attempts to raise money for the bicycle are thwarted until she learns of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to memorizing and reciting Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see her as a model pious girl. The competition isn’t going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in as she is determined to continue fighting for her dreams. Event web site http://www.cedarville.edu/Academics/English-Literature-Modern-Languages/Foreign-Film-Series.aspx

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