Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wadjda: Grrrrrl Power

This moving film set in a conservative suburb of Saudi Arabia is generally known and the movie about a girl who longs for a bike. That's true, but hardly tells the whole story.

Those with even a drop of feminist sensibilities will find much of this film difficult to watch. It goes miles beyond the bike and deeply into what it's like to be a girl or a woman in this restrictive culture.

Radjda and her mother lead lives strictly deliniated by the rules and regulations that determine what women can and cannot wear, what they can and cannot do, when they can and cannot be seen and when they can and cannot be heard.

It's not as if we haven't heard about the status of women in this culture, but to see it in action is a far different story.

But stick with this flick. The Movie Slut can't recall a movie with a more moving ending. Those who try to crush the human spirit fail in the end. Think about the real life story of Malala..

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