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7:30pm International Film Series: Wadjda
September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.
There is no charge, but donations are welcomed and gratefully accepted to help raise funds for UNA’s Adopt-a-Future campaign in cooperation with UNHCR to build classrooms in refugee camps in Kenya.
Please check the calendar for upcoming films.
In case you missed our movie night, or you have some suggestions for good movies, you can view a list of all movies we have shown so far: UNA IH Int films 1997 through Nov. 2017
September 21, 2018 Wadjda (2012, Saudi Arabia, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, 98 min.)
This is the first feature length Saudi film, shot entirely in Riyadh and written and directed by a female Saudi director. Altogether this represents a feat that was not easily accomplished. For instance, Haifaa Al-Mansour could not interact face to face with her mostly male crew while filming outdoors: she had to direct street scenes from a van, watching a monitor and communicating with the actors by walkie talkie. Waad Mohammed as Wadjda portrays a spirited 10-year old who is a bit of a rebel, symbolized among other things by her insistence on wearing Converse hightops under her obligatory shapeless gray school dress and dreaming of buying a bike in order to race her best friend Abdullah (Abdulrahman Al-Gohani). She enters a Koran recitation contest with an eye on the cash prize that would make the bike purchase from the toy shop owner (Ibrahim Almozael) possible. Ms. Hussa (Ahd), the strict school principal is impressed with her turn toward religion, while Wadjda’s mother (Reem Abdullah) tells her Saudi society strongly discourages bicycles as detrimental to girls’ virtue. Throughout the film we are able to see the contrast between indoor and outdoor behavior and dress, illustrating in particular the limitations on women in the name of custom, Islam and family honor. Interactions with Iqbal (Mohammed Zahir) who drives the mother to work illustrate the class tensions between guest workers and locals. A subplot is the impending second marriage of Wadjda’s father(Sultan Al Assaf) in quest of a son. (#434)