Wajib

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Directed by Annemarie Jacir
2017
96 minutes
15+
Writer-director Annemarie Jacir’s multi-award winning comic drama about the lives of Palestinians living in Israel. Real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri star.

Writer-director Annemarie Jacir’s multi-award winning comic drama explores the lives of Palestinians living in Israel, and stars real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri. The title of Wajib translates as ‘duty’, and it’s duty that brings architect Shadi (Saleh Bakri) from Rome back to Nazareth, where his sister Amal (Maria Zriek) is to be married. Local tradition dictates that Shadi and his divorced dad, Abu Shadi (Mohammad Bakri), must drive around town delivering wedding invitations. Friction is in the air even before the duo clamber into Abu Shadi’s beloved and beaten-up old Volvo. Shadi thinks the exercise is outdated and meaningless. For his father, it’s about maintaining important community rituals. Bakri and son Saleh are terrific and earthily funny as the bickering duo who meet colourful characters on their cross-city travels. A Palestinian born in Bethlehem, raised in Saudi Arabia and educated in New York, Annemarie Jacir (Salt of this Sea, 2008; When I Saw You, 2012) brings a worldly, wise and witty eye to this hugely entertaining and illuminating slice of Palestinian life.

Wajib gives an unfussily illuminating snapshot of modern-day Nazareth, where a majority Arab population – most seen here are Christian – has found ways to get along under the fiddly, capricious restrictions of the Israeli state. – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

An intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home. – Jay Weissberg, Varietyi

Annemarie Jacir is a Palestinian filmmaker and poet. Like Twenty Impossibles (2003) was the first Arab short film to be part of the official selection at Cannes. Salt of This Sea (2008) won Jacir Best Scriptwriter at the Dubai International Film Festival, and Wajib was awarded Best Feature there in 2017.

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Wajib

State Theatre
Tue 12 June
6:15pm—7:51pm
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Wajib

State Theatre
Wed 13 June
11:55am—1:31pm
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Event Cinemas George St 5
Sat 16 June
1:45pm—3:21pm
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Wajib

Casula Powerhouse
Sat 16 June
7:30pm—9:06pm
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Year
2017
Classification
15+
Country
Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Language
In Arabic with English subtitles
Director
Annemarie Jacir
Producer
Ossama Bawardi
Cast
Saleh Bakri, Mohammad Bakri, Lama Tatour
Screenwriter
Annemarie Jacir
Cinematographer
Antoine Héberlé
Company Credits
Distributor: Potential Films
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