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Spring Grant 2013 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: Complete

Naji Abu Nowar / Feature Narrative / Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom / 2014 / 100 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Middle Eastern, Western, Adventure


Arabia, 1916. Theeb [Wolf] lives with his Bedouin tribe in a forgotten corner of the Ottoman Empire. As they have recently lost their father, it falls to Theeb’s brother, Hussein, to raise him. Hussein tries to teach Theeb the Bedouin way of life, but the young boy is more interested in mischief than mentorship. Their lives are interrupted with the arrival of a British Army Officer and his guide on a mysterious mission. Unable to refuse help to his guests for fear of dishonouring his late father’s reputation, Hussein agrees to escort the pair to their destination, a water-well on the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. Fearful of losing his brother, Theeb chases after Hussein and embarks on a treacherous journey across the Arabian Desert. Since the outbreak of the First World War, this harsh terrain has become the hunting ground of Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries and outcast Bedouin raiders. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal. He must live up to the name his father gave him.

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Naji Abu Nowar
Naji Abu Nowar, Bassel Ghandour
Bassel Ghandour, Rupert Lloyd
Executive Producer
Nadine Toukan

About the Director

Born in the UK, Naji Abu Nowar began his filmmaking career when he was accepted into the 2005 RAWI Screenwriters lab held in association with the Sundance Institute, where he developed his first screenplay, Shakoush (Hammer). He then wrote and directed the short film Death of a Boxer (2009) which screened at international film festivals including the Palm Springs International Shortfest, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Miami Short Film Festival and the Franco-Arab Film Festival. Theeb is his feature film debut.

Production Company Profile

Bayt Al Shawareb (formerly Fertile Crescent Film) is a production company that aims to develop and produce commercially viable Arab films and television programming for Middle Eastern audiences.

Awards and Festival History


71st Venice Film Festival / 2014 / Orizzonti Competition
Toronto International Film Festival / 2014 / Discovery
BFI London Film Festival / 2014 / First Feature Film Competition
Abu Dhabi Film Festival / 2014


'Best Director' / 71st Venice Film Festival / 2014 / Orizzonti


  • Main Contact

    Bassel Ghandour

    Bayt Al Shawareb
    +962 795 522 623

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