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Abu Shadi (Mohammad Bakri) 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 (Saleh Bakri), his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father to hand-deliver the wedding invitations to each guest, which is the 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.


Critic Reviews for Wajib

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

  • On this simple premise, Palestinian writer-director Annemarie Jacir has constructed a rueful and, at times, savage comedy about the daily dilemmas of Arabs living in Israel.

    Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Jacir is a thrifty filmmaker; there's nothing frilly in this movie. But she is also a sensitive and imaginative and resourceful one.

    Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's little here that bucks the conventional road-movie structure, but the droll script and humane performances are quite special.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • An eye-widening, culturally rich look at life inside a Palestinian family.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You might argue that the script is perhaps too tidy and neat, but the rich sense of place and multidimensional characters are too seductive to resist.

    Sep 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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