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Wajib has brought home more than a dozen awards at film festivals from Dubai to London to Locarno and cemented Annemarie Jacir’s reputation as a filmmaker to watch. Local Palestinian custom dictates that a bride’s male relatives must hand-deliver her wedding invitations, and so a father and his estranged son (played by an actual father and son) come together, get in the car, and do their duty. Shot in the biblical city of Nazareth, this whip-smart family comedy-drama represents the third time filmmaker Annemarie Jacir’s work was chosen as Palestine’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. “An intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home” (Variety).

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Q&A filmmaker Annemarie Jacir via Skype, followed by a reception
Thursday, Sep. 20 2018, 7:00
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Annemarie Jacir, born in Palestine, has been working in independent cinema since 1998. Her film Like Twenty Impossibles (2004) was the first Arab short to be an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival. That year, Filmmaker magazine named her one of its 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema. In 2007 Jacir shot the first feature by a Palestinian woman director, Salt of this Sea, and was followed in 2012 by When I Saw You. She is the chief curator and founder of Dreams of a Nation Palestinian cinema project, dedicated to the promotion of Palestinian cinema. She has taught at Columbia University, Bethlehem University, Birzeit University, and in refugee camps in Palestine and Lebanon. She is a founding member of the Palestinian Filmmakers’ Collective, based in Palestine. She was invited to join the jury of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

This film is part of the Contemporary Arab Cinema 2018 series.

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