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Wajib

An estranged father-son relationship in the vibrant city of Nazareth makes for an immensely entertaining drama by Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir.

Credits

Dir-Scr Annemarie Jacir
Prod Ossama Bawardi
With Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri
Palestine
2017
96min
Sales Pyramide Films

In Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir’s accomplished and charming third feature, a man carries out a centuries-old tradition with his estranged father. Shadi returns to his paternal home for the first time in years, to honour the Nazareth tradition of hand-delivering his sister’s wedding invitations with his father (‘wajib’). But the two men haven’t spoken for a long time and don’t see eye-to-eye on many things – from who should be invited to what music to listen to in the car. Whilst Abu Shadi is bemused by his architect son’s Italian fashion sense – he wears bright red trousers and a flowery shirt – he remains pained by Shadi’s allegiance to his mother following their divorce. Inevitably, personal antagonism, small town gossip, political, cultural and generational differences all rear their heads as the journey progesses. But as their bickering continues against the backdrop of a vibrant city, the pair come to understand each other a little better. Acting together for the first time, real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri bring warmth, charisma and humour to Jacir’s thoroughly engrossing and immensely entertaining drama.

Elhum Shakerifar

Additional information

The introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Mon 9 Oct.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Annemarie Jacir, Director

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