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33 MON 9* WED 11 18:00 EMBANKMENT 14:15 EMBANKMENT In Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir’s accomplished and charming third feature, a man carries out a centuries-old tradition with his estranged father. Shadi returns to his paternal home for the first time in years, to honour the Nazareth tradition of handdelivering his sister’s wedding invitations with his father (‘wajib’). But the two men haven’t spoken for a long time and don’t see eye-to-eye on many things – from who should be invited to what music to listen to in the car. Whilst Abu Shadi is bemused by his architect son’s Italian fashion sense – he wears bright red trousers and a flowery shirt – he remains pained by Shadi’s allegiance to his mother following their divorce. Inevitably, personal antagonism, small town gossip, political, cultural and generational differences all rear their heads as the journey progesses. But as their bickering continues against the backdrop of a vibrant city, the pair come to understand each other a little better. Acting together for the first time, real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri bring warmth, charisma and humour to Jacir’s thoroughly engrossing and immensely entertaining drama. Elhum Shakerifar WAJIB Dir-Scr Annemarie Jacir. Prod Ossama Bawardi. With Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri. Palestine 2017. 96min. Sales Pyramide Films * BSL


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