I'm so proud to have shot the first full-length feature ever filmed entirely inside the Kingdom. I
come from a small town in Saudi Arabia where there are many girls like Wadjda who have big
dreams, strong characters and so much potential. These girls can, and will, reshape and redefine
our nation. It was important for me to work with an all-Saudi cast, to tell this story with
authentic, local voices. Filming was an amazing cross-cultural collaboration that brought two
immensely talented crews, from Germany and Saudi Arabia, into the heart of Riyadh. I hope the
film offers a unique insight into my own country and speaks of universal themes of hope and
perseverance that people of all cultures can relate to.
- Haifaa Al Mansour
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