FROM Haiffa Al-Mansour
Behind the Scene's of 'Wadjda,' Saudi Arabia's First Feature Film Remarkably, in a culture which segregates women, the first feature film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia was directed by a woman. Wadjda is the story of a 10-year old tomboy in Ryadh, Saudia Arabia. She longs for a bicycle, but it's not permitted. The film is now playing in selected American theaters. Even making it was a challenge. Director Haiffa Al-Mansour spoke with Kim Masters, host of KCRW's weekly show The Business .
Haiffa Al-Mansour Haiffa Al-Mansour is a Saudi Arabian female filmmaker -- a surprising feat in a country that has banned movie theaters and has restrictive views of women. Al-Mansour's Wadjda is not only the first film to be entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, it's become that country's first entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Al-Mansour talks about her unlikely story of becoming a filmmaker and making Wadjda. Photo by Tobias Kownatzki © Razor Film Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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