D: Annemarie Jacir; Palestine, France, 2017; 96'
A Palestinian family drama, Wajib examines the generation clash through a relationship between father and son, each torn between tradition and modernity. Winner of four awards at the Locarno FF.
Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a schoolteacher living in Nazareth. After his daughter's wedding in one month he will be living alone. Shadi, his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father in hand-delivering the wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a boil, challenging their fragile and very different lives.
"In Palestine, there is a tradition which remains a big part of life today. (...) 'Wajib' loosely means 'social duty.' When my husband sister's got married, it was his wajib to deliver the invitations with his father. I decided to silently tag along as he and his father spent five days traversing the city and surrounding villages delivering each invitation. As the silent observer, it was at times funny and other times painful. Aspects of that special relationship between father and son, the tensions of a sometimes tested love between them, came out in small ways. I began working on the idea for a film about this fragile relationship" (Annemarie Jacir)