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Trailer for 'Wadjda': Saudi Arabia's First Ever Film Comes from a Female Director

By Cori Rosen, Hollywood Staff

Fourth of July reminds citizens to be grateful for the freedoms and rights we have as Americans. Although we are fortunate enough to have such liberties, other parts of the world do not have the same privileges, like in Saudi Arabia where women's rights are astonishingly outdated.

Wadjda is the first film ever to come from Saudi Arabia. On top of that surprising news, it is also from first-time female filmmaker, Haiffa al Mansour. In a country where women's rights are extremely backward, it is not only shocking but also a sign of progress that the film comes from a female director.

The first trailer for the drama-fueled film follows teenage girl Wadjda (Waad Mohammed), who competes in a Koran-reciting contest at school with the hopes to earn enough cash to buy herself a bicycle. Simultaneously, Wadjda's mother grapples with her failing marriage. The charming trailer for the film pushes boundaries by addressing Saudia Arabia's archaic peception of women. With an upbeat, musical energy, this film not only looks like a delight to watch, but also serves to introduce viewers to a closed-off culture.

Wadjda opens on July 19th in the U.K. and Sony Picture Classics is set to bring the sentimental story stateside this year.

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