NCCAR was pleased to have a diverse group of people of different ages and backgrounds attend the film and dinner/ discussion. This allowed for a very fruitful and engaging discussion about the film, which was overall very positive. Important questions were raised leading to other interesting topics and debates.

Unsurprisingly, the cinema was fully booked and the audience expressed their satisfaction with a loud applause at the end. We hope those that were unable to make it will find an opportunity to watch the film in the future.

Stay tuned for other upcoming film, dinner, and discussion nights!

Synopsis

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Watch the trailer for the film here.

Director

Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Kingdom. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Directing and Film Studies from the University of Sydney. The success of her three short films, as well as the international acclaim of her award-winning 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows, influenced a whole new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom a front-page discussion. Within the Kingdom her work is both praised and vilified for encouraging discussion on topics generally considered too taboo, like tolerance, the dangers of orthodoxy, and the need for Saudis to take a critical look at their traditional and restrictive culture.

Watch Al Mansour’s interview about  her film here.