Magazine article Screen International

Palestine's Annemarie Jacir Unveils Next Feature 'Wajib'

Magazine article Screen International

Palestine's Annemarie Jacir Unveils Next Feature 'Wajib'

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Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir has revealed details of her next feature Wajib, about an estranged father and son's attempts to reconnect.

"It's a dark comedy about the relationship between a father and son, who has returned home after a long absence," said Jacir. "It will unfold against the course of one day in the city of Nazareth. It's got dark humour."

The filmmaker, whose credits include the award-winning When I Saw You and Salt of the Sea, is in Cannes talking to potential co-producing partners and sales companies.

Her long-term collaborator Ossama Bawardi is producing the film, under their joint Jordan-based Philistine Films banner.

Rising Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri, who starred in Salvo and is soon to be seen in Majid Al Ansari's Zinzana, has signed to co-star.

It is the first time, Jacir, who hails from the West Bank town of Bethlehem, has homed in on the Palestinian population living within Israel's borders. …

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