Critic Reviews for Wajib
Wajib gives an unfussily illuminating snapshot of modern-day Nazareth, where a majority Arab population - most seen here are Christian - has found ways to get along under the fiddly, capricious restrictions of the Israeli state.
An intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home.
Annemarie Jacir's characters may not leave the city of Nazareth as they take a circular road trip in Wajib but the emotional distance they travel is considerable.
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.
Wajib is a day-long road trip into a very diverse Palestinian community, which is sometimes treated with a subtle and slightly dark humour; it's a community that the father struggles to keep united and the son simply no longer understands
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