Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir gives us the scoop on her upcoming film Wajib

Published May 27th, 2015 - 02:08 GMT
Annemarie Jacir was named one of Filmmaker magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema. (Barakabits.com)
Annemarie Jacir was named one of Filmmaker magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema. (Barakabits.com)

Trailblazing Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir revealed details of her new film Wajib, at the Cannes Film Festival. She is in town drumming up support for various projects in the works.

The award-winning filmmaker, from the West Bank town of Bethlehem, told Screen Daily: “[Wajib] is a dark comedy about the relationship between a father and son, who has returned home after a long absence; it will unfold against the course of one day in the city of Nazareth. It’s got dark humour.”

Producer Ossama Bawardi is on board and Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri, who starred in Salvo and is soon to be seen in Majid Al Ansari’s Zinzana, will be co-starring in the film about a father and son trying to reconnect. It is the first time Jacir tackles the subject of Palestinians living within Israel’s borders.

“The film will also touch on the situation of Palestinians – the economic and social implications — but not in an overtly obvious way,” Jacir told Screen Daily.

Jacir’s 2008 film Salt of the Sea, was nominated for the Golden Camera and Un Certain Regard awards at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and her 2012 film When I Saw You was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.


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