FRED Interview

Saleh Bakri – Wajib

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Saleh Bakri on working with his father in Wajib.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Saleh Bakri, actor of the film Wajib.

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In Wajib,  the third feature film directed by Annemarie Jacir, Saleh Bakri plays the role of a young Palestinian  architect from Nazareth who lives in Italy and comes back to Palestine for his sister’s wedding. In real life, Saleh Bakri fell in love with Italy a long time ago and this love was definitely sealed with his participation to Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s first feature film Salvo. Bakri describes the difficulties and perks of working with his father on the set of a film which sees them fighting not only through the usual father-son dynamics but especially because of the different ways they deal with the Palestinian condition, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and organizations such as the PLO (The Palestine Liberation Organization).

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
    Saleh Bakri
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Italian release April, 19th
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