WAJIB [PALESTINE], THU 14 MARCH, 8PM

By January 25, 2018 archive, Season 20 Films

An estranged father-son relationship set in the vibrant city of Nazareth makes for an immensely entertaining comedy-drama that interweaves simmering tension with moments of terrific humour.

Shadi returns from Italy to his native Nazareth for his sister’s upcoming marriage. He has reluctantly agreed to honour his “wajib” or duty, to accompany his father in hand-delivering invitations for the wedding. Forced to spend time together after many years apart, past tensions and differences between father and son come to the surface. But as their journey continues, both men also begin to understand each other better.

Acting together for the first time, real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri infuse their characters with warmth and humour. The result is a poignant yet entertaining drama.

A sprightly, accessible comedy-drama by established Palestinian writer-director Annemarie JaciThe Guardian ★★★★

Sensitive and imaginative…a fine testimony to the director’s powers.The New York Times

Palestine, 2017 | Language: Arabic | 96 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director:  Annemarie Jacir

Cast:  Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Rana Alamuddin