Wajib: The Wedding Invitation

Wajib: The Wedding Invitation


Comedic Arabic drama observing the lives of Palestinians in Israel. Stars real-life father and son Mohammad Bakri and Saleh Bakri.... More

“The title of Wajib translates as ‘duty’, and it’s duty that brings architect Shadi (Saleh Bakri) from Rome back to Nazareth, where his sister Amal (Maria Zriek) is to be married. Local tradition dictates that Shadi and his divorced dad, Abu Shadi (Mohammad Bakri), must drive around town delivering wedding invitations. Friction is in the air even before the duo clamber into Abu Shadi’s beloved and beaten-up old Volvo. Shadi thinks the exercise is outdated and meaningless. For his father, it’s about maintaining important community rituals.” (Sydney Film Festival)Hide

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  • Wajib gives an unfussily illuminating snapshot of modern-day Nazareth... Full Review

  • Ms. Jacir is a thrifty filmmaker; there's nothing frilly in this movie. But she is also a sensitive and imaginative and resourceful one. Full Review

  • You might argue that the script is perhaps too tidy and neat, but the rich sense of place and multidimensional characters are too seductive to resist. Full Review

  • There's little here that bucks the conventional road-movie structure, but the droll script and humane performances are quite special. Full Review

  • Grounded in locations that speak to the broader realities and personal differences in philosophy, the film has wry warmth and unexpected differences. Full Review