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Director Annemarie Jacir’s ‘Wajib’ Takes Dubai Film Connection Nod

Palestinian auteur Annemarie Jacir’s new project “Wajib,” a dark comedy involving father-and-son dynamics in a Palestinian family living in the city of Nazareth, in Israel, took the top prize, worth $25,000, at the Dubai Film Connection co-production mart on Sunday.

Earlier in the week the “Wajib” project scored two other awards, the Asian Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) Film Grant, and also the Tribeca Institute’s development nod.

The APSA jury described Wajib as “a beautifully constructed satire which gives an unexpected insight into the complex lives of Palestinian families living in Nazareth.”

“Wajib” will be Jacir’s third work after “When I Saw You” and “Salt of This Sea.”

Jacir’s longtime collaborator Ossama Bawardi is producing the film, under their joint Jordan-based Philistine Films banner.

The complete list of the other DFC winners:

ART Award – $10,000

Winning Project:  “The Maiden’s Pond”
Director: Bassem Breiche
Producer: Roman Roitman

Cinescape/Front Row Award – $10,000

Winning Project: “Papion On Top of the Water Tanks”
Director: Yahya Alabdallah
Producer: Rula Nasser

Empire Award – $10,000

Winning Project: “Daoud’s Winter”
Director: Koutaiba Al-Janabi
Producer: Trent

Fortress Film Clinic – $15,000
Winning Project:  “The Bridge”
Director: Hala Lotfy
Producer: Mohamed Samir

Sanad Film Fund Abu Dhabi Award – $10,000

Winning Project: “Weight Throwers”
Director: Hind Bensari
Producer: Vibeke Vogel

Producers Network Accreditations

  1. Rami Nihawi (“Ibrahim”)
  2. Myriam Sassine (“The Inheritor”)
  3. Rula Nasser (“Papion on Top of the Water Tank”)
  4. Lamia Chraibi (“A Step Behind the Sun”)
  5. Ossama Bawardi (“Wajib”)


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