WADJDA

Saudi Arabia/Germany 2012
I came away from this film feeling extremely grateful that I was born into a Christian/Western society, and absolutely horror-struck and angered by the repressive society created for women by the Muslim world. This little film does deliver some hope that not all women are content to be subjugated, however. Considering that cinema is illegal in Saudi Arabia, and that this film is a first feature directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Monsour, it is a truly amazing achievement. The insight into the fabric of Muslim society cold only be exposed so succinctly by someone who actually lives in it.