Wajib

Wajib (Movie Still)

Director: Annemarie Jacir

Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Rana Alamuddin

96 minutes, Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, 2017, CLUB TBC

Architect Shadi returns from Italy to his native Nazereth for his sister’s upcoming marriage. He has reluctantly agreed to honour his “wajib” or duty, to accompany his father in hand-delivering invitations for the wedding. Forced to spend time together after many years apart, past tensions and differences between father and son come to the surface. But as their journey continues, both men also start to get to know and understand each other better....

In Wajib, Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir uses a centuries-old custom as a simple device to explore familial and intergenerational tensions for contemporary Palestinians. Real-life father-and-son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri (The Band’s Visit) infuse their characters with warmth and humour. The result is a poignant yet entertaining drama.

Festivals:

Locarno Film Festival 2017
Toronto International Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
Sydney Film Festival 2018
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018

 Awards

Winner – Don Quixote Award (International Federation of Film Societies), Locarno Film Festival 2018

“...an intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home.” – Variety

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