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

Wajda takes some money from a drawer and puts it in her

pocket. She hits "Stop" on the tape recorder and runs out.


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



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

you late.


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

car’s counter.


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.

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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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