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Staff Pick of the Day

Wadjda

Directed by Haiffa al Mansour

Childhood Drama, Social Problem Film - Rated PG - 98 Minutes - 2012

Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, wasn't born to fit in. She doesn't much care for wearing her headscarf, and the only reason she enters a Koran reading competition is to put the prize money towards a bicycle, which is frowned upon by practically everyone in her society. Like Cool Hand Luke, she ekes out tiny victories over an oppressive system, often by playing their own games against them, and her mischievous eyes promise that she's just getting started.

- Chris Steffen