Sat 15 Sept

Wajib + Q&A

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series

Safar Film Festival

96 mins

in Arabic with EN subs

PSE/FRA/COL/DEU | 2017 | dir. Annemarie Jacir, with Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty

Director Annemarie Jacir announces a new chapter of Palestinian cinema with her sensitively realised third feature. Her road movie stars veteran Palestinian thespian Mohammed Bakri in the role of a teacher, known and respected within his community, who embarks on a journey across Nazareth with his estranged architect son (played by Bakri’s real-life son, Saleh) to hand-deliver the wedding invitations for his daughter, as is the tradition. Carried by pitch-perfect performances by the highly charismatic Bakris, Jacir’s best film to date is a nuanced portrait of generational disconnect; of fading idealism; of open family wounds. Most of all, it’s a story of survival, delivered with charm, compassion and palpable love.

Followed by a Q&A with director Annemarie Jacir

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