Filmmaker: Annemarie Jacir
Country: Palestine, Colombia, Germany, France, United Emirates, Qatar, Norway
Length: 96 min.
Date: Saturday 6 October 2018
Room: Cinerama 5
Abu Shadi is a 65-year-old divorced father and teacher living in Nazareth. One month after his daughter’s wedding he will be living alone. Shadi’s architect-son returns from Rome after years, to help his father deliver the wedding invitations. As the Palestinian tradition wants, this has to be done in person, to dozens of family members, friends and acquaintances who live all over the city. While the estranged couple spend the day together, you get to know two people who barely understand each other’s way of living.
The film is based on a true story, in which director Annemarie Jacir was present as a silent observer in a funny, but sometimes painful, Wajib (social duty) between father and son. Aspects of that special relationship, and the tensions of a sometimes tested love between them, were expressed in a subtle way, which forms the fundament for Wajib (2017).
Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced more than sixteen films. Her short film Like Twenty Impossibles (2003) was the first Arabic short film in history in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, and was also nominated for an Academy Award. Her second film Salt of this Sea (2008) received fourteen international prizes. It was the first film directed by a Palestinian woman and became the Palestinian entry for the Oscar for ‘Best Non-English Film’. Wajib (2017) is Jacir’s third feature film, which won the ‘Best Film Award’ at the Dubai International Film Festival.