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Annemarie Jacir / Feature Narrative / Palestine, United Arab Emirates, France, Switzerland, Norway, Colombia, Qatar / 2017 / 100 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Comedy, Drama, Politics, Road Trip, Based on a True Story, Identity, Satire


Shadi returns to his hometown to help his father hand-deliver his sister’s wedding invitations. He has spent the last several years abroad and there is little he misses about this place he left a long time ago. As the two men drive around Nazareth, Abu-Shadi tries to connect with his son. Drily humorous, ‘Wajib’ takes place over the course of one day as these two men travel from house to house beginning a new relationship, while at the same time trying to deal with old tensions.


Annemarie Jacir
Annemarie Jacir
Ossama Bawardi

About the Director

Annemarie has written, directed and produced over sixteen films. Two of her films have premiered as Official Selections in Cannes, one in Berlin and in Venice, Locarno, and Telluride. All three of her feature films were Palestine's official Oscar entries. Her short film 'Like Twenty Impossibles (2003) was the first Arab short film in history to be an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and continued to break ground when it went on to be a finalist for the Academy Awards. Her second work to debut in Cannes, the critically acclaimed 'Salt of this Sea' (2008), went on to win the FIPRESCI Critics Award, and garnered fourteen other international awards including Best Film in Milan. Her second feature 'When I Saw You' won Best Asian Film at the Berlin Intl. Festival, Best Arab Film in Abu Dhabi and Best Film in Amiens, Phoenix, and Olympia, and garnered a nomination at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards. Her most recent film 'Wajib' (2017) won 36 international awards including Best Film in Mar Del Plata, Dubai, Amiens, DC Film Festival, Kosovo and Kerala and Jury Mention at the London BFI Festival.

Production Company Profile

Founded in 1997, Philistine Films is an independent production company based in Jordan and Palestine. The company is known for its interest in challenging, thought-provoking and original films from directors with distinctive visions, and has established itself at the forefront of independent cinema in the region, producing films for both big and small screens. Philistine Films was created to support new voices and to offer a platform for the emerging independent Arab film scene. The company’s goal is to focus on the development and co-production of independent feature and documentary films, and to find unconventional stories and fresh narratives. We hope to challenge the creative, financial and practical obstacles that confront filmmakers working outside the mainstream. Philistine’s productions have been selected for the Festival de Cannes twice, screened in the Berlin, Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and the Tribeca Film Festival, among more than 300 other festivals. Philistine-produced films have won numerous awards, and one was a finalist for an Academy Award.

Awards and Festival History


"TIFF 2017, Contemporary World Cinema
Busan IFF 2017, A Window on Asian Cinema
Filmfest Hamburg 2017
AFI FEST 2017, World Cinema
Thessaloniki IFF 2017
Mumbai IFF 2017
CPH PIX 2017, Producer Competition
Brussels Mediterranean FF 2017, Official Competition


"FICC/IFFS Prize, Youth Jury Environment Award, and the ISPEC Cinema Award, Locarno FF 2017 (WP)
Winner Jury Commendation, BFI London FF 2017
Best Film (Golden Unicorn) and Audience Award, Amiens IFF 2017
Jury Prize, MedFilm 2017 (Rome)
Youth Jury Award,


  • Main Contact

    Ossama Bawardi

    Philistine Films

  • Production Company

    Philistine Films

    Philistine Films

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