Writer/director Annemarie Jacir’s multi-award winning comic drama explores the lives of Palestinians living in Israel.
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 to hand-deliver the wedding invitations to each guest, which is the 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.
★★★★ "The film’s quiet humour and piercing observations are beautifully handled" - DAVID STRATTON
★★★★ "a stunner of a film" - MARGARET POMERANZ
★★★★ "interleaves the simmering tension with moments of terrific comedy" - GUARDIAN
★★★★ "pits tradition against modernity in this bittersweet comedy about a father driving around Nazareth with his hipster architect son" - THE OBERVER
"terrifically engaging" - FILMINK AUSTRALIA
"An intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home" - VARIETY
"a nicely low-key comedy-drama of fangled family and community ties" - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"There’s a quiet warmth that runs like a current through 'Wajib'" - NY TIMES
Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty
Director: Annemarie Jacir
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