Wadjda

The Making of a Film in a Country Without Cinemas

Haifaa Al Mansour | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Haifaa Al Mansour

I started writing my film Wadjda about five years ago, which started out as a very basic story about a little girl that wanted a green bicycle... There is also a cultural taboo common throughout the Arab world that bicycles threaten a woman's honour, so I felt like it was an interesting symbol of the challenges facing women in my country. I felt like most Western audiences have their own ideas and concepts about women in Saudi but don't know much about the day-to-day life of women in the Kingdom. Of course it is hard to be a woman in Saudi Arabia but I wanted to make a film that shows the world how strong the women in my country are.