Narrative / Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar, UAE / 97min / English subtitles
Director, Screenwriter: Annemarie Jacir
Producer: Ossama Bawardi
Cast: Mohmmad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik
Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a school teacher in his mid-sixties living in Nazareth. After his daughter’s wedding in one month he will be living alone. Shadi, his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father in hand delivering the wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head challenging their fragile and very different lives.
Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced over sixteen films, of which WAJIB (2017) is her third feature. Her short film LIKE TWENTY IMPOSSIBLES (2003) was the first Arab short film officially selected by Cannes Film Festival and continued to break ground becoming a finalist for the Academy Awards. Her second work to debut in Cannes Un Certain Regard, the critically acclaimed SALT OF THIS SEA (2008), garnered fourteen international awards and was Palestine’s 2008 Oscar Entry for Foreign Language Film. WHEN I SAW YOU won many awards and was also Palestine’s 2012 Oscar Entry.