Film: Wadjda

See a powerful film about a girl's dream to own a bicycle.

Wadjda (2013) tells the story of a ten-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, who dreams of owning a green bicycle. Set in the Riyadh suburbs where women’s mobility is limited and bike riding is an activity only available to men and boys, Wadjda hopes to buy herself a green bicycle by winning the cash prize of a Koran-recitation competition at her school.  

Written and directed by the first Saudi woman film director, Haifaa al-Mansour, Wadjda made its world premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and is the first full-length feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia.  

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.


  • 12–1:30 p.m.
  • 1:45–3:15 p.m.
  • 3:30–5 p.m.


Screenings are first-come, first-served. No reservations required.


Sunday, May 15 at 5 p.m.: FRESH TALK: Women on Wheels is a conversation about the bicycle as an agent for change. 

National Museum of Women in the Arts