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ANNEMARIE JACIR: WAJIB (2017) - SFIFF

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MOHAMMAD AND SALEH BAKRI IN WAJIB

Culture clash: Palestinian abroad vs. Palestinian at home

[CAPSULE REVIEW]

This film (whose title means "Duty" in Arabic) opened theatrically in France Feb. 2018 as Wajib: Invitation au mariage, receiving fair reviews (AlloCiné press rating 3.5). Libération (Marcos Uzal) said : "The film's strongest element is the marginal one, its way of suggesting by little touches the deepest and most profound tensions." Indeed. Thus the overheard Arabic radio news in the opening frames, as a Palestinian father and son, the protagonists (Mohammad Bakri and Sale Bakri, father and son actors), head off in a car, the old family Volvo, in which we learn later the son learned to drive. The film becomes a striking definition of the difference between two kinds of Palestinian, those who live at home and deal with tradition and practical reality and those who live abroad and become modern but remain unrealistic and idealistic. This is not a boldly original film but it is a telling and informative one.

واجب Wajib 96 mins., debuted at Locarno, and was in at least 14 other international festivals. It was screened for this review as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Apr. 2018. Pyramide International is the distributor.

SHOWTIMES SFIFF:
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at SFMOMA
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:15 p.m. at BAMPFA

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