The storyline follows the life of an "outgoing" young girl who enters a Koran-memorization contest at school, hoping to win the prize money to buy a bicyle. The filmmaker presents a relateable portrait of a young girl "Wadjda loves music, wears Chuck Taylors, and has a crush on a neighborhood boy. Al-Mansour has certainly created a film about hope, but the filmmaker herself — as the first female of her kind in Saudi Arabia — serves as another source of inspiration. She is sending an important message about the capacity of Muslim women to serve positions typically occupied by men, a message of progress and hope for a new generation of female leaders in various fields. She overcame a difficult search for funding and support as many "assumed that it would be impossible for a woman to get a movie made in Saudi Arabia. Her final obstacle "was getting around restrictions on women working in public. The filmmaker's professional career is not the only example where she is pushing the boundaries set for women. In conservative countries governed by Islamic law such as Saudi Arabia, much of the nation's oppression is taken out on the female population.
What challenges do actresses face in Arab cinema?
Visit Us Contact Us. What challenges face actresses in the Arab region? And what opportunities might they enjoy? Award-winning Hend Sabry left , one of the most celebrated actresses in Egypt and the Arab region, shares her views on women in Arab cinema. It was a coincidence really. I was spotted by a director when acting in high school play. I was just 14 years old. Then I discovered that creating another world and making people believe in it is a lot of fun.
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Not Rated min Adventure, Family, Fantasy. After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. Not Rated min Drama, War. In the s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. R 85 min Horror, Thriller. In the vast deserts of the Middle East, the lascivious tigress Ilsa joins the white flesh slavery ring of a maniacal sheikh overlord. Votes: 2, Despite her uncle encouraging her to adopt a more traditional lifestyle, a young Muslim college student secretly joins a Toronto burlesque troupe.
The region has put out some incredible films recently, many of which have garnered international attention. Saudi Arabia has entered its first film ever for Oscar consideration: Wadjda. The directorial debut of Haifaa al-Mansour tells the story of a young girl named Wadjda who desperately wants a bicycle, but can't because traditionally bike riding is a boys-only activity. The feisty, upbeat Wadjda is not so easily deterred and quickly looks for an alternative way to get the green bike she's longing for. A simple, sweet, and beautifully shot film, Wadjda has been applauded worldwide and has taken home numerous film festival prizes. While accessible and enjoyable, the film also sheds light on the often shrouded lives of Saudi Arabian women. But more than that, Wadjda complicates and contradicts the images and ideas most people hold onto regarding the Middle East and the women who are living — and creating — in the region. Film has been an access point for women to discuss the issues, struggles, and everyday concerns they face. The experiences of women from Turkey through the Middle East and North Africa — even into Pakistan — all vary and are informed by their cultures, societal norms, governments, family systems, and nations.