TheebDirector: Naji Abu Nowar
Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, United Kingdom |
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.