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Annemarie Jacir / Feature Narrative / Palestine, France, Colombia, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Norway / 2017 / 97 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, Hebrew / 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.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.


Annemarie Jacir
Annemarie Jacir
Ossama Bawardi
Production Company
Philistine Films
Production Company
Philistine Films

About the Director

Annemarie has written, directed and produced over sixteen films with premieres in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, and Toronto. All three features were Palestine’s Oscar entries. Founder of Philistine Films, she regularly collaborates as editor, screenwriter and producer with fellow filmmakers. With a commitment to hiring locally, Annemarie also mentors and actively promotes Arab cinema. She has been a jury member to numerous festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance and is a member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, AMPAS and BAFTA.

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,


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    Ossama Bawardi

    Philistine Films

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