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Ten-years-old Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) rebels against the customs of her world by wanting to buy a bike -- something only boys are allowed to ride! This foreign film, created by female writer/director Haifaa Al-Mansouris, is shot in Saudi Arabia, with dialogue in the Arabic language and English subtitles.
Why Is Wadjda Rated PG?
Wadjda is rated PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking.
Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Wadjda...
Violence: School children are punished by serving detentions (standing outside the classroom in the hot sun) and publicly reprimanded by having their indiscretions announced to the rest of their peers. A young boy teases a girl by stealing her lunch. Characters play a violent video game. A boy verbally threatens a man in a lower social rank. A child falls off a bike and injures her leg. A child speaks disrespectfully to her mother. A character lies.
Sexual Content: Two female students are falsely accused of inappropriate sexual conduct. A man makes a rude sexual remark to a female child. Characters gossip about girls caught with boys who are not family members. A woman tries on a provocative dress. Female menstruation and virginity are mentioned. A young girl shows her classmates pictures of her wedding to a twenty-year-old man. A man considers marrying a second wife.
Language: Characters regularly use the names of Deity in scripture and as colloquial phrases (ie: “God willing”). Infrequent mild profanity is used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A mother smokes on a couple of occasions.
Other: Characters regularly ignore rules, and do such things as listening to forbidden music, following football teams, spending time with opposite genders who aren’t family members and learning to ride a bike (which only boys are allowed to do).
Home Video Viewing Alternatives
Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to Wadjda.
In the Iranian movie Children Of Heaven a young boy tries to win a cash prize so he can replace his sister’s lost shoes. Strict religious rules threaten the future of a family in the film A Separation.
Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: G
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Details on home video releases of Wadjda...
Home Video Notes: Wadjda
Release Date: 11 February 2014
Wadjda releases to home video with the following special features:
- Commentary with Writer/Director Haifaa Al Mansour
- The Making of WADJDA featurette
- Director’s Guild of America Q&A with Haifaa Al Mansour