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“Wadjda”

Monday, September 09, 2013

Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour discusses her new movie “Wadjda.” The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. “Wadjda” is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker, and it opens September 13 at Angelika and Lincoln Plaza

Guests:

Haifaa Al Mansour

Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

Dorothy, that's not only in Islam, & certainly not in all forms of Islam. The branches of Islam that require women to remain totally covered are not even the majority.

Orthodox Judaism mandates that married women keep their hair covered in public and that men & women not only sit separately at religious services but have a divider btwn. them so the men can't see the women.

I think that rather than put the burden on women, religions that do this should require men to pray for the self-control you mention.

Sep. 09 2013 01:39 PM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I've always wondered how it is that Muslim men have so little self control that they can't see a woman's hair and women must be totally covered so that men won't go berserk.

Sep. 09 2013 01:00 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I hate to say this, but the idea that "a woman's voice is her nakedness" probably comes from the Torah (since it predates the Qur'an). The relevant verse can be translated as "a voice in a woman is nakedness/lewdness, do not listen"; in Judaism it's usually interpreted as meaning that men shouldn't listen to women singing.

Sep. 09 2013 12:57 PM

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