UKJF: Wajib

Cinema

Directed by Annemarie Jacir| 2017 | Arabic with English subtitles | Starring Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri| 96mins| Suggested certificate 12A

A father living in Nazareth must come together with his estranged son in this rousing family drama and road movie by renowned Palestinian poet, actor, writer and filmmaker Annemarie Jacir.

After years abroad in Italy, architect Shadi (Saleh Bakri) 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 (played by Saleh Bakri’s real-life father, actor-director Mohammad Bakri), a long-time resident.

Travelling around the city together in a car, often stuck in traffic, the simmering tensions between them build; with Shadi embodying the views of diasporic Palestinians who may remain politically engaged but grow naïve in their ideas about life back home; and his father, those of the realist negotiating the everyday compromises necessitated by life as an Arab in Nazareth.

With humour rooted in observational moments, including the Bakris’ uncanny ability to convey the simultaneous love and exasperation that is universally endemic to volatile family relationships, Wajib is a moving tale that dances along the easily blurred line between love and duty.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 14:00:00 11/10/2018 14:00:00 UKJF: Wajib Directed by Annemarie Jacir| 2017 | Arabic with English subtitles | Starring Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri| 96mins| Suggested certificate 12A A father living in Nazareth must come together with his estranged son in this rousing family drama and road movie by renowned Palestinian poet, actor, writer and filmmaker Annemarie Jacir. JW3 Cinema DD/MM/YYYY

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