Spring Grant 2013 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: Post-Production
Hejaz Province, the Ottoman Empire, 1916. A Bedouin tribe roams the desert, blissfully unaware the world is at war. Theeb, a mischievous young boy, spends his days playing with his older brother Hussein, who tries to teach him to be a man. Their lives are interrupted by the arrival of Edward, a British Army officer, and Marji, his guide. They have a mysterious request: they want to be guided to an ancient Roman well on the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. The well is in perilous territory known as a hunting ground for outcast Bedouin raiders. Despite the dangers, Edward is determined to reach the well. A skilled navigator and hungry for the challenge, Hussein volunteers to guide them. Jealous of his brother’s adventure, Theeb chases after the party; having come too far to return, they reluctantly take the boy with them. Theeb has unwittingly embarked on a dangerous, life-altering journey. If he is going to survive, he must find the skills and courage to overcome the desert, marauding raiders and a terrifying stranger – a man with no name who is hell-bent on taking the mysterious oak box that Edward guards so closely.
- Naji Abu Nowar
- Naji Abu Nowar, Bassel Ghandour
- Bassel Ghandour, Rupert Lloyd
- Executive Producer
- Nadine Toukan
About the Director
Naji Abu Nowar lives and works in Jordan. His short film ‘Death of a Boxer’ (2009) played at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Miami Short Film Festival and the Franco-Arab Film Festival. It has been sold to the North American Arabic-language media website Yalla TV, and to Roya TV, an Arabic-language Middle East television channel. Abu Nowar is on the selection committee for the RAWI Middle East Screenwriters Lab in association with the Sundance Institute. ‘Wolf’, his first feature-length fiction film, is currently in post-production.
Awards and Festival History
Spring Grant '13