Wajib is a powerful, affecting and frequently funny drama by Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You), Palestine's first female feature filmmaker.
Abu Shadi (Mohammad Bakri), a divorced father and a schoolteacher, living in Nazareth, looks forward to his daughter's marriage. His son Shadi (Saleh Bakri) arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father in the local custom of hand-delivering wedding invitations to each guest. But as the estranged pair spend the day together and discuss their future, their terse relationship causes them to also reflect on the past.
A film that examines the experience of Palestinians living within Israel’s borders for the first time with deft humour, Wajib is a moving tale that dances along the easily blurred line between love and duty.
“Beautifully nuanced, slyly political and very funny.” – SIGHT & SOUND
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