Wajib

2017/Color/96 mins/Palestine




Category Cinema International
Director Annemarie Jacir
Producer Ossama Bawardi
Screenplay Annemarie Jacir
Cinematography Antoine Heberle
Editor Jacques Comets
Music NA
Set Nael Kanj
Costume Hamada Atallah
Cast Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Karma Zoabi, Rana Alamuddin, Maria Zriek
Production Company Philistine Films
World Sales Pyramide Intl Paris
Festival/Awards Toronto, 2017; Locarno, 2017

After years abroad in Italy, Shadi returns to his native Nazareth. But this is no spectacular homecoming. He's back somewhat begrudgingly to honour his "wajib" (or duty) to hand out invitations to his sister's wedding with his father, Abu Shadi. The simmering tension between the two-who are often stuck in a car, more often than not in traffic-builds, exposing the sometimes-comic chasms that exist between men who live in different worlds but share an unshakable bond.

Director:
Annemarie Jacir
Annemarie Jacir was born on January 17, 1974 in Bethlehem, Palestine. She is a writer and producer, even a poet. She has been working in independent cinema since 1998. Her short film, "like twenty impossibles" was the first Arab short film to ever be an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival and went on to be a Student Academy Awards Finalist. In 2007, Jacir shot the first feature film by a Palestinian woman director, "Salt of this Sea".

Selected Filmography:
When I Saw You (2012)