Director/writer: Haifaa Al Mansour; starring Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed; eOne/Hopscotch film distributors, 2012; 98 mins. Available on DVD, July 2014.
The star of Haifaa Al Mansour’s groundbreaking new film could be any other teenager. Wadjda blasts indie music in her room when her parents are talking to her and argues constantly with her mother, she talks about boys with her friends at school and hides electric blue nail polish from her teachers. However, it is the simple concepts of time and place that force both the film and Wadjda’s life into a territory that is worlds apart from any other teen movie.