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WAJIB / Duty

WAJIB / Duty

An urban road movie set and shot among the Arab community in the Israeli city of Nazareth, Wajib is a nicely low-key comedy-drama of fangled family and community ties from Palestinian writer-director Annemarie Jacir. Built foursquare around the charm and skill of co-leads Mohammad and Saleh Bakri, father and son onscreen and off, it is an accessible and genial glimpse into a complex and sometimes fraught area of the Middle East, as provided by one of the region's leading female filmmakers. (Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter)

Annemarie Jacir
Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced a body of work that includes  “Like Twenty Impossibles” (2003), the first Palestinian short to be selected for Cannes, where “Salt of this Sea” (2008) was later selected for Un Certain Regard. “When I Saw You” (2012) won the NETPAC award in Berlin. Annemarie Jacir is the founder of Philistine Films and teaches screenwriting.

Film Selection: Wajib (Duty, 2017)
 — When I Saw You (2012) 
— Salt of this Sea (2008)
 — Quelques miettes pour les oiseaux (2005, short)
 — Like Twenty Impossibles (2003, short)

European Panorama Fiction 2018

Annemarie Jacir

Palestine / France / Germany / Colombia / Norway / Qatar / United Arab Emirates 2017
DCP / color
96 minutes

Antoine Heberle
Jacques Comets
Carlos García
Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Leila Bakri
Ossama Bawardi



Philistine Films, JBA production, Cactus World Films,
 Metafora Productions, Klinkerfilm, Ciudad Lunar, Ape&Bjørn, Snow Globe Film, Schortcut Films
World Sales

Pyramide International

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Locarno Festival 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere