Writer-director Annemarie Jacir’s multi-award winning comic drama explores the lives of Palestinians living in Israel and the real-life story of 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 Shadi thinksthe exercise is outdated and meaningless.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.
Palestinian filmmaker and poet Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced over sixteen films, Life Twenty Impossibles was the first Arab short film in history to be an official section of the Cannes Film Festival. Salt of the Sea won Jacir fouteen international awards and was the first feature film directed by a Palestinian woman to be entered in the Oscars.
Writer & Director Annemarie Jacir
Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty
Awards and Nominations
Winner – Amiens International Film Festival 2017 Best Film
Winner – Cinetopia Film Festival 2018 Foriegn Narrative
Winner – Dubai International Film Festival – Best Feature Film
Winner – London Film Festival 2018 Best Film