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Annemarie Jacir – Wajib

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Annamarie Jacir presents her award winning film Wajib to the italian audience.

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Annemarie Jacir - Wajib

PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Annemarie Jacir, director of the film Wajib.

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After Locarno Film Festival, Annemarie Jacir is back on FRED on the occasion of the italian release of her latest film Wajib with actors and father and son in real life, Mohammad Bakri e Saleh Bakri. As it depicts a father-son relationship in the background of Palestinian society in Nazareth, the film shows the contradictions and differences in the way younger generations and older ones deal with the political problems of their country. In a more universal way, as it also shows the conflicting and typical father-son dynamics the film leaves us with many questions and no solutions. Annemarie Jacir talks about deciding to portray her country through these two men’s point of view and the importance of making films like Wajib nowadays.

Wajib: 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 in hand-delivering the wedding invitations to each guest as per 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.

For the official website of the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Annemarie Jacir
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    Wajib
  • Festival section
    Italian release April, 19th
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