LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Wadjda, Monday, September 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.
Wadjda, a sneaker-wearing 11-year-old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, dreams of owning a green bicycle that she passes by in a store every day on her way to school. She wants to race against her friend Abdullah, a boy from the neighborhood, but riding bikes is frowned upon for girls. Wadjda's mother refuses to buy one for her, as he mother is distracted by trying to convince her husband not to take a second wife. Wadjda tries to find the money herself by making hand-braided bracelets to sell to classmates and through other forbidden activities in the school yard.
After running afoul of the strict headmistress, Wadjda decides to participate in a Qur'an recital competition. The cash prize of about US $270 would allow her to pay for the bike. Her efforts to win the competition bring mixed results. Wadjda and her mother strive to make their dreams come true in their own worlds against cultural imperatives. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature-length film made by a woman Saudi director, Haifaa al-Mansour. It has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world.
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