Female film director, Haifaa Al Mansour, has broken notable boundaries by directing Wadjda, the first feature film to ever be shot in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

What also makes this picture groundbreaking is that all cast members are Saudi, however the film will not be shown locally as cinemas have been banned from the Kingdom for a decades.

The film depicts a story of an 11-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Riyadh that wishes to buy a bicycle but is forbidden by her family. Through this simple storyline the director aims to shed light on the restrictions females face in their everyday life due to traditional upbringing.

– Nauf Al-Saif

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