Wajda takes some money from a drawer and puts it in her
pocket. She hits "Stop" on the tape recorder and runs out.
5 INT. LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN - DAY 5
Wajda's Mother twists her hair and adds colored clips. She
moves to the kitchen and adds cups of cardamom and coffee to
boiling water in an old pot. Outside a car HONKS its horn.
In rapid motions, her Mother takes the over-boiling coffee,
puts it in a thermos and grabs her notebooks.
Wajda enters, drops her backpack and hurries behind, carrying
the rest of her Mother's supplies.
The Mother grabs keys from a hook by the entrance. A string
of blue prayer beads fall to the floor. She puts them back on
the hook, pulls her veil over her face and turns to Wajda.
Don't forget your key, and don't
lock the upper lock. Your Father
may be coming later after his night
6 EXT. FRONT OF WAJDA'S HOUSE - DAY 6
A Pakistani Driver, IQBAL, (late 20’s), squats in front of an
old van, sticking the broken headlights on with tape. He
turns as Wajda and her Mother emerge.
(In broken Arabic, bossy)
It very long way, Madame! Other
teachers we are taking, very long
way. You late every day! No taking
She's not late! You just came! I
saw you - five minutes not even!
I no talk to you little girl, I
talk to your Mother, she is late!
Iqbal enters the car and slams the door. A picture of a cute,
smiling child wearing traditional Indian dress with flowers
in her hair, falls to the car’s floor. Iqbal picks up the
picture and cleans it carefully then puts it back on the
Don't worry about him. Okay, yalla
(to Iqbal) )
No problem, Iqbal. You take lots of
money; let's have some quiet for
the long drive.