'Wajib' by Faculty Member Annemarie Jacir '02 Scoops Awards
December 23, 2017
Faculty member and alumna Annemarie Jacir '02 was awarded the Best Film at the 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival for her film Wajib. The film's cast also Best Actor, awarded to the two leading actors and real-life father and son, Mohammad Bakri and Saleh Bakri.
Wajib—Jacir’s third feature film—is a comedic homecoming tale that explores the relationship between a divorced father and his estranged son during wedding preparations in the town of Nazareth. The film is also the official candidate of Palestine for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Jacir’s previous features Salt of This Sea, the first ever directed by a Palestinine woman, and When I Saw You were also selected as Oscar candidates.
Earlier this month Wajib picked up a slew of other awards including four awards at Argentina's Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, including the Golden Astor for Best Feature Film in the International Competition, Best Actor for Mohammad Bakri, the Argentine Film Critics Association's Best Feature Film Award and the Best Feature Film SIGNIS Award.
Wajib originally premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in August where it won three independent jury awards including the Don Quixote Award, the Youth Jury Award and the ISPEC Cinema Award. In September, it was a big hit at the Toronto film festival, and also won the Grand Prize (Golden Unicorn) as well as the Audience Award at the Amiens International Film Festival. Awards were received from MedFilm (Rome) where Wajib took the Jury Prize, and Montpellier Cinema's Youth Jury Award. In October, Wajib received the jury's special mention at the London BFI Film Festival.