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Abu Shadi (Mohammed Bakri) is a divorced father and a school teacher in his mid-60s living in Nazareth. After his daughter’s wedding in one month he will be living alone. Shadi (Saleh Bakri), his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father to hand-deliver the wedding invitations to each guest, which is the local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head, challenging their fragile and very different lives.
In her previous films Jacir studied displaced Palestinians but here, she examines those living within Israel’s borders for the first time. With humour rooted in observational moments, and an uncanny depiction of the simultaneous love and exasperation universally endemic to volatile family relationships, Wajib (meaning compulsory) is a moving tale that dances along the often blurry line between love and duty.