Wajib 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
South Australian Premiere
Prizewinner in Dubai, Argentina, India, France, Morocco, Italy, Kosovo, Algeria, London and Locarno.
It is rare to find films so richly awarded as this. Annemarie Jacir has crafted a beautifully simple and delightfully humorous tale about a father and son who spend the day driving around the Palestinian town of Nazareth hand-delivering wedding invitations. Abu Shaadi is a schoolteacher and pragmatist who has learned to live with the frustrations of occupation, and who understands that life is a test of resilience. His son, Sahdi, has been living in Rome and rages against the injustice and ineptitude he sees everywhere. Join them for a day of criss-crossing the city in their battered old Volvo. It's a day of encounters and debates, where generations butt heads and the bonds of family and community will be tested. Saleh Bakri and his real-life son Mohammad are great company in Jacir's wise and witty winner.
“an intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home…Wajib has a well-written climax that makes it come alive. (Variety)
"Jacir's strong suits are as a scriptwriter and as a director of actors. She crafts lively, believable dialogue throughout, shot through with a likable streak of earthy humor, providing nuanced characterizations for the Bakris to convincingly inhabit." (The Hollywood Reporter)
Arab Film Focus at ADL Film Fest 2018 has received grant funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Director Annemarie Jacir | Producer Ossama Bawardi | Screenwriter Annemarie Jacir | Cinematographer Antoine Héberlé | Editor Jacques Comets | Cast Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty, Monera Shehadeh, Lama Tatour | Distributor Potential Film
Annemarie Jacir is a filmmaker and poet who was born in Bethlehem in 1974. She grew up in Saudi Arabia and moved to the US at the age of 16, going on to earn a Masters degree in Film. She made a variety of short films, most notably like twenty impossibles (2003). Her previous features include Salt of the Sea (2008) and When I First Saw You (2012). She has taught at universities including Bethlehem and Columbia as well as in refugee camps in Palestine and Lebanon.