Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 2 pm – Free
Waad Mohammed plays the girl of the title, aged ten or eleven, who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her mother and father, although he is seldom at home, and we realize, as the mother’s anxiety deepens, that he is seeking a second wife. Their daughter, perhaps in response to this tension, seeks what freedom she can; time and again, she bumps against its limits, whether at school, under the scalding gaze of the principal, or on the streets, where her hopes of buying and riding a bicycle, through a world of men, seem forlorn. There is no burst of fury in the film, and the moments of rebellion are subtle and few, yet our sense of society as a cage—or as a never-ending school, where grown women are ruled and restricted like children—is unstinting. Without the heroine’s cheer and charm, it might have proved too much to endure. Nevertheless this is a simple, solid, and deeply affecting drama. (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker)
In Arabic with English subtitles
Saudi Arabia/Germany — 2012 — 98 mins.
Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her
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