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UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum present


A young girl with a backpack next to bicycles.
August 14, 2022 - 11:00 am

All Family Flicks screenings are free admission and do not require tickets; seating is first come, first served. The Billy Wilder Theater opens 15 minutes before each Family Flicks program.


Saudi Arabia/Netherlands/Germany/Jordan/United Arab Emirates/U.S., 2012

10-year-old Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) has her eyes set on a shiny green bicycle to feel the wind on her face and the thrill of racing her friend Abdullah. Only this is Saudi Arabia where girls aren’t supposed to ride bikes—let alone buy one against their mother’s wishes. Writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour’s inspiring story of youthful pluck and perseverance reflects its own making as the first feature film—and the first film directed by a woman—to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia.

DCP, color, in Arabic with English subtitles, 98 min. Director: Haifaa al-Mansour. Screenwriter: Haifaa al-Mansour. With: Reem Abdullah Waad Mohammed Abdullrahman Algohani.

Recommend for ages 8+

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