Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2015 Projects

2015 Script Development Fund Projects

Project Wajib
Category Asian Project
Project Wajib
Director Annemarie JACIR
Country Palestine
Director's Profile Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced sixteen films. She is one of Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema and Variety's "Arab New Wave". Two of her films have premiered as Official Selections at the Cannes International Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. Her latest film, When I Saw You won Best Asian Film at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, Best Arab Film in Abu Dhabi International Film Festival and Best Film in Amiens International Film Festival and Phoenix International Film Festival. Founder of Philistine Films, Jacir teaches screenwriting and works as an editor and film curator, actively promoting independent cinema, training and working with fellow filmmakers.
 
Synopsis
Shadi’s sister is getting married and it is his responsibility to join his father in delivering wedding invitations to all the guests in their hometown of Nazareth. He has spent the last several years of his life in Italy, there is very little he misses or appreciates about the hometown he left so many years ago due to his teenage “political” activities. His father, Abu Shadi, lives alone with his daughter and carries all the responsibilities of caring for his two children. His wife left him a few years earlier. His son Shadi lives abroad, but he still cares very much for him and awaits the day he will return home. He feels especially anxious now that his daughter is getting married because he will truly be alone in the house after that. The twists and turns of their relationship unfold as the pair drive around Nazareth. Wajib takes place over the course of one day. They travel house to house, dropping off wedding invitations to various friends and relatives of all different classes. Shadi finds the place he has left behind has changed significantly. But more than rediscovering his city, Shadi rediscovers his own father, and vice versa.
Director's Note
The men of the family are expected to personally deliver wedding invitations to each wedding invitee in Nazareth. There is no mailing of invitations or having them delivered by strangers. It is considered disrespectful not to personally deliver invitations. It is your “wajib” or “duty”. I don’t know any other place which adheres to this tradition as much as the Palestinians living in North of Palestine, where Wajib takes place. Wajib explores the dance between father and son; a dance that is ripe with unspoken emotion, humor, repressed anger, and unwavering love. I feel this relationship is often overlooked, and sometimes father and son do not always know how express themselves. I like the idea of putting two grown men together that have so much unspoken distance between them. In silence there is tension.
Festivals
Still Cut
Contact
Annemarie JACIR / annemarie.jacir@gmail.com