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Theeb

Theeb

Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, United Kingdom |
2014 | 100min.
Format: DCP
12+
The Arabian Desert, 1916. Theeb (whose name translates as Wolf) lives with his Bedouin tribe in a remote corner of the Ottoman Empire. Having recently lost his father, it falls to Theeb’s brother, Hussein, to raise him. Hussein tries to teach Theeb the Bedouin way of life, but the young lad is more interested in mischief than mentoring. Theeb’s schooling is interrupted by the arrival of a British Army officer and his guide on a mysterious mission. Courtesy dictates that Hussein must escort them to their destination, a water well on the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. Fearful of losing his brother, Theeb chases after Hussein and thus embarks on a dangerous journey. Since the outbreak of the First World War, this harsh desert terrain has become the hunting ground of Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries and outcast Bedouin raiders. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal. He must live up to the name his father gave him. Jordanian filmmaker Naji Abu Nowar chose the picturesque Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba deserts as his locations. And he also included the resident Bedouin communities in an entirely new way: as actors. Apart from the leads, the film’s cast is made up entirely of local tribesmen who participated in acting workshops for eight months prior to the shoot. —Alissa Simon

Director,  Naji Abu Nowar

Director,  Naji Abu Nowar

Born in England in 1981, Naji Abu Nowar began his filmmaking career when he was accepted into the 2005 RAWI Middle East Screenwriters Lab, held in association with the Sundance Institute, to develop his first screenplay Shakoush (Hammer). He then wrote and directed the short film Death of a Boxer (2009), which screened at international film festivals including the Palm Springs International Shortfest, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Miami Short Film Festival and the Franco-Arab Film Festival. Theeb is Abu Nowar’s debut feature film.

Cast and Crew

Director
Naji Abu Nowar
Cast
Jacir Eid, Hassan Mutlag, Hussein Salameh, Marji Audeh, Jack Fox
Production Company
Bayt Al Shawareb, Noor Pictures.
Sales Contact
MAD Solutions
Music
Jerry Lane
Producer
Bassel Ghandour, Rupert Lloyd
Screenwriter
Naji Abu Nowar, Bassel Ghandour
Editor
Rupert Lloyd
Cinematographer
Wolfgang Thaler
Sound
Dario Swade
Production Designer
Anna Lavelle
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