Wajib

2017
  |  Book Tickets: 25/08/2018
  |  93 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Wajib Film Poster

Synopsis

A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom, in this rousing and humorous family drama from Annemarie Jacir Loosely inspired by events in her own family, Jacir’s film follows Shadi (Saleh Bakri) as he returns to Nazareth for the wedding of his sister Amal (Maria Zreik). Tradition dictates that he should accompany his schoolteacher father Abu Shadi (Mohammad Bakri) as they personally hand deliver wedding invitations to a large extended family, friends and anyone else considered an essential guest. Abu Shadi is a schoolteacher, divorced from a wife who left him and the country many years ago. It becomes clear that the pain of that is still raw. Shadi is an architect who now lives in Rome with his girlfriend, but initial scenes suggest a distance between them. They are as polite as two strangers, but eventually niggling comments and tensions rise to the surface. Naturalistic, nicely paced and well played by the lead actors, ‘Wajib’ succeeds at making us invest in its fragile father/son relationship and willing them to acknowledge that there is more that unites them than threatens to drive them apart. Warmth, charm, charisma and humour are brought to this engrossing and immensely entertaining drama. (Subtitles) Palestine 2107 Annamarie Jacir 96m