Wadjda script
Wadjda (2012)
Synopsis: Wadjda (Arabic: وجدة‎‎) is a 2012 Saudi Arabian drama film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. The film was selected as the Saudi Arabian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards (the first time the country made a submission for the Oscars, but it was not nominated.It successfully earned a nomination for Best

FADE IN:

1 INT. SCHOOL AUDITORIUM (SAUDI ARABIA)- DAY 1

A group of 11 YEAR-OLD GIRLS stand in three rows on a homemade

wooden stage. A banner reads, "The Secondary Fourth

School for Girls-Riyadh East." A TEACHER eyes them

skeptically.

TEACHER:

Again, from the beginning.

She pushes "play" on a small tape recorder on the floor.

CHORUS OF GIRLS:

It's time for Jihad; it's the only

choice. The war is boiling,

calling.

The front row has four girls, one of whom is WAJDA, (11),

cute face with big, smart eyes.

They all sing in tune except for her. She's looking away

singing absentmindedly, missing most of the words.

Wajda watches two older girls, FATIN and FATIMA, pass by.

Wajda waves to them as she sings.

She looks at the teacher, now scowling at her, tucks her

hands in her pocket and tries to follow the other girls. They

all look similar except for Wajda.

The SONG halts abruptly as the teacher hits "Stop" on the

tape recorder. The girls' voices trail off.

2.

TEACHER:

Wajda! Step to the front, please.

Wajda makes her way out of the rows of girls. NOURA, (11), a

sweet and perfect type, bumps into her, smiles and fills her

place in the front line. Wajda stands in front of the line of

girls alone.

TEACHER (CONT’D)

Why don’t you show us all how well

you sing? Start with the first

verse.

Wajda becomes very nervous. Her face reddens and she stares

hard at the floor, she tries to sing, but her mouth clamps

tight.

TEACHER (CONT’D)

Well? If you don’t want to share

that “beautiful” voice of yours

with us...

The teacher gestures towards the tape recorder.

Wajda stares at the floor as she sits down next to the tape

recorder, scowling.

The line is much more unified now. The Teacher smiles with

satisfaction then glares at her.

TEACHER (CONT’D)

Well?!

Like a professional DJ, Wajda's hand rewinds the tape, stops

it and hits "Play" all in one motion.

THE CHORUS OF GIRLS

It's time for Jihad; it's the only

choice. The war is boiling,

calling. The horses are prepared;

the battle will start. War heals

wounds way better than suppressing

anger. If our religion is

humiliated, heaven calls and our

fate is written. Where are the

proud men to answer the calls?

Allhu Akbar is our song; It is our

light and the fire we fight with!

THE CHORUS CONTINUES THROUGH THE TITLES

STATIC BLENDS OVER THE SONG LIKE A RADIO TUNING TO ANOTHER

CHANNEL and then...

3.

A RAUCOUS ROCK SONG STARTS!

2 INT. WAJDA'S ROOM - DAY 2

In her small, sparsely decorated room between a single bed

and a window covered completely with wallpaper, Wajda hits

"record" on her tape recorder as the ROCK SONG continues.

Dancing and moving to the beat, she insures that a cord from

the window is properly connected to the radio antennae.

She writes down the song on a track list labeled "Wajda's

Awesome Mix Tape, Vol. 7." Next, she counts out homemade

bracelets and puts them in small plastic bags. Finally, she

puts on her black converse high-tops with colored laces.

As she waits for the ROCK SONG to end, she looks through the

half open door to her MOTHER, busy drying her hair.

3 INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY 3

WAJDA'S MOTHER (33), struggles with a broken hair-dryer as

she straightens her beautiful long hair. She is petite, with

a definite sparkle in her eye, but right now she’s

frustrated. The brush becomes too hot and she quickly dries

the rest of her hair without it.

4 INT. WAJDA'S ROOM - DAY 4

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Haifaa al-Mansour

Haifaa al-Mansour (Arabic: هيفاء المنصور‎‎; born 10 August 1974) is a film director from Saudi Arabia. She is one of the country's best-known and most controversial directors, and the first female Saudi filmmaker. more…

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