AFF  presents  WADJDA at 1:00 and 7:15 p.m.  on Monday November 4.  Box office opens at 12:15 and 6:15.  Non member tickets are $9 for the matinee and $10 for the evening screening.  All screenings at Ancaster Silver City.

WADJDA is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Even more impressive, WADJDA is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film.    WADJDA is in Arabic with English subtitles.  It is Saudi Arabia’s first entry into the Oscar Foreign Language category and expected to be nominated.
“A sharply observed, deceptively gentle film, reportedly the first feature ever directed by a Saudi woman. The movie presents the facts of its heroine’s life with calm authority and devastating effectiveness. With impressive agility, WADJDA finds room to maneuver between harsh realism and a more hopeful kind of storytelling. There is warmth as well as austerity in Wadjda’s world, kindness as well as cruelty, and the possibility, modestly sketched and ardently desired, of change. Buoyant.”  -AO Scott,NEW YORK TIMES 
“The film marks a huge triumph for its female director…a remarkable film twice over.”  -Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“It’s always fascinating to discover what can make us happy, both as moviegoers and citizens of the world. WADJDA does the trick…funny and touching in equal measure.”  -Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL
All proceeds will go to the Hamilton Out of the Cold Program.
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