Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Karma Zoabi, Rana Alamuddin, Maria Zriek
Pyramide Intl Paris
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".