Win tickets to Wajib – The Wedding Invitation
In writer-director Annemarie Jacir’s multi-award winning comic drama, a father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom.
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 Shadi thinks the exercise is outdated and meaningless.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. Bakri and son Saleh are terrific and earthily funny as the bickering duo who meet colourful characters on their cross-city travels.
A Palestinian born in Bethlehem, raised in Saudi Arabia and educated in New York, Annemarie Jacir (Salt of this Sea, 2008; When I Saw You, 2012) brings a worldly, wise and witty eye to this hugely entertaining and illuminating slice of Palestinian life. Wajib: A Wedding Invitation screened at both the Sydney and Melbourne film festivals this year.
M from Oct 11 (Sydney & Melbourne), other states later. View the trailer here
“A whip-smart, moving comedy of family and community.” – CineVue
“An intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home.” – Variety
“Naturalistic, nicely paced and well played by the lead actors, Wajib succeeds at making us invest in its fragile father/son relationship and willing them to acknowledge that there is more that unites them than threatens to drive them apart.” – Screen International
Thanks to Potential Films we have 5 double in season passes to giveaway. To enter simply email us at email@example.com with “Wajib” in the subject line. And that’s all you have to do – though if you’d like to increase the odds of winning, tell us the name another movie about a wedding you’ve seen and enjoyed. Make sure you include your name and postal address for the tickets. Entries close midday Monday Oct 8.
Note that in Sydney, Wajib will be screening at Dendy Cinemas (Newtown and Opera Quays) only. A list of participating cinemas in Melbourne and other states can be found here . Note: the passes are not valid for its Brisbane venue.
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