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Film screening: WAJIB


  • Mercury Cinema 13 Morphett Street Adelaide, SA, 5000 Australia (map)

Adelaide Film Festival

Wajib

Adelaide, SA

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DIRECTOR Annemarie Jacir

Columbia, France, Germany, Norway, Palestine, Qatar, United Arab Emirates | 96 mins | 2017 | Arabic with English subtitles

It is rare to find films so richly awarded as this. Annemarie Jacir has crafted a beautifully simple and delightfully humourous tale about a father and son who spend the day driving around the Palestinian town of Nazareth hand-delivering wedding invitations. Abu Shaadi is a schoolteacher and pragmatist who has learned to live with the frustrations of occupation, and who understands that life is a test of resilience. His son, Sahdi, has been living in Rome and rages against the injustice and ineptitude he sees everywhere. Join them for a day of criss-crossing the city in their battered old Volvo. It's a day of encounters and debates, where generations butt heads and the bonds of family and community will be tested. Saleh Bakri and his real-life son Mohammad are great company in Jacir's wise and witty winner.

“an intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home…Wajib has a well-written climax that makes it come alive. (Variety)

"Jacir's strong suits are as a scriptwriter and as a director of actors. She crafts lively, believable dialogue throughout, shot through with a likable streak of earthy humour, providing nuanced characterizations for the Bakris to convincingly inhabit." (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Arab Film Focus at ADL Film Fest 2018 has received grant funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Held in conjunction with the 2018 Palestinian Film Festival.

Sunday 14 October 2018, 4pm, Film screening + Q&A

Thursday 18 October 2018, 6pm, Film screening

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[Note: this is not an AFOPA-organised event; AFOPA takes no responsibility or liability for this event.]

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Later Event: October 14
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