UW Mini Indie Film Festival Day 3: “Omar” and “Wadjda”

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The four-day Mini Indie Film Festival at the Union South Marquee continues with a full day of movies. All are free and open to the public.

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“Wadjda”: For a Saudi girl, freedom comes on two wheels

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“Wadjda” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. PG, 1:40, three stars out of four.

Wadjda wants a bike. She sees a beautiful bike strapped to the roof of a car, and it seems to be gliding in the air by her, just begging her to hop on board and ride. But bikes cost money. That is a problem for Wadjda, but not the biggest one.

The biggest one is that Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive cars or vote.

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Sundance screening room returns with Oscar shorts, “The Great Beauty,” “The Armstrong Lie”

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It’s been a long winter’s nap for the Sundance Cinemas Screening Room schedule, which devotes a screen at the west side cinema to independent, foreign and documentary films. The series typically takes a late-autumn break so Sundance can have the big Oscar contenders pumping on all six screens.

But with the Oscar nominees all set and everything pretty much out, it’s time for the series to fire up again. Fittingly, it starts this Friday, Feb. 7 with screenings of all the Oscar nominated short films — live action, animated and short documentaries. It’s a rare and welcome chance to see short film programming at Sundance — I’ll have reviews later this week, but the animated films are especially good this year.

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