YO WHAT IS UP! We are back again with a new season, a new theme, a new film to explore AND a new format (yeah omg I know). On this one, we travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where we meet Wadjda, a young girl desperate to own a bicycle of her own. Starring the amazing Waad Mohamed, Abdulrahman AlGohani, Reem Abdullah and Ahd Hassan Kamel, this marked the first time a film was entirely shot in Saudi Arabia. Add to that, Wadjda was the first film to be directed by a Saudi Arabian woman, the truly inspiring Haifaa Al-Mansour. Often having to side step religious police, Haifaa had to direct actors from inside cars and vans just to get the shots she needed.
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This film truly brought tears to our eyes and we all really enjoyed this film, so we really hope you do too. As per usual, don't forget to like, share and subscribe to The Movie Newbie. Tell all your friends, your family, or the person at your favourite corner shop. We need all the love and support you can give us <3
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JABRIEL ALSUHAIMI is a multi-disciplinary creative, working on a multitude of various projects in the audiovisual sphere. Hailing from Saudi Arabia and Singapore, Jabriel brings his international perspective and varying influences into his work, which includes podcasts like Curious Humans, Founders For Good & The Movie Newbie, music under the alias Rei.do.Nada, video content for YouTube and some occasional writing on his website.
RAPHAEL LECAT is an actor; some would say thespian, some would say clown; others would say human golden retriever (and by some, he means himself...) Raphael was born in France to French parents but quickly became a third-culture kid after his family moved to Singapore. This is where he discovered his passion for theatre and decided to make it his mission in life to be a vessel for stories old and new through the craft of acting.
OLIVER MANGHAM is a represented screenwriter, producer, fundraiser and content creator across a range of media. A cinema obsessive from a young age, he channelled his passion for storytelling by co-founding the film and television production company Through The Lens Entertainment. When he's not navigating the shark-infested waters of Hollywood, Oliver likes to pen scripts, record podcasts, host musical events and consume large quantities of pasta.