March 6 Wadjda (Saudi Arabia/Germany 2013) 98 min.Arabic with English subtitles [IMAGE]How this hugely awarded film ever got made by a Saudi woman is a story in itself, considering she made it in a country without movie theatres. The name of the title goes to the ten-year-old at the film's centre, a feisty and determined youngster with a modest dream: to own a bicycle. Girls aren't allowed to ride bikes in SA because, you know, that could lead to driving, a definite no no. Getting behind the wheel could lead to Thelma and Louise and so what would all those Saudi men do then So it is that Wadjda enters a Koran competition for the prize money. Her ambition and purposefulness are set against other older women who have clearly and perhaps even understandably capitulated to an unforgiving patriarchy. But like Malala Yousafzai, Wadjda shows the way of the future, one where stories like this no longer need to be told. Interesting fact: WADJDA won Best Feature at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Some countries show English-language movies and TV shows with subtitles.Other countries dub them.The former kind seem to have much better knowledge of English by their population, as measured e.g. by being able to talk to a random stranger on the street in English. 153554b96e