Director: Annemarie Jacir

Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Qatar, UAE, 2017, drama, 96 minutes, arabian with lithuanian and english subtitles, N-13

Wajib is a story of a fragile bond between father and son set in contemporary Palestine. Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a school teacher in his mid-60s 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. Family is an integral feature of this film: Wajib is inspired by Annemarie Jacir‘s experiences with her family and the father-son duo played by Mohammad Bakri and Saleh Bakri are father and son in real life as well. Wajib explores the notions of familial ties, tradition, emigration and diaspora in a manner reminiscent of a road movie.


2017 – FICC/IFFS Prize, Youth Jury Environment Prize, and ISPEC Cinema Award, Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland).

About the director:

One of the most notable directors of the so-called Arabian New Wave, filmmaker, writer, producer, curator and poet Annemarie Jacir was born in 1974, in Bethlehem. Her biography features over sixteen films that have been shown in film festivals over the world. Her short film Like Twenty Impossibles (2003) was the first Arab short film in history to be an official selection of the Cannes International 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 was the critically acclaimed Salt of this Sea (2008), garnering fourteen international awards, including the FIPRESCI prize. When I Saw You (2012) was selected as the Best Asian Film at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival and the Best Arab Film at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Wajib (2017) is the director’s newest venture and has already been screened at Toronto, Locarno and London International Film Festivals.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Annemarie Jacir

Dir. of Photography: Antoine Heberle

Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Raya Meddine, Maria Zreik