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Theeb

February 22, 2016

Jordan | 2014 | 100 minutes | Naji Abu Nowar

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Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
Set in the Ottoman Empire during World War I – the same backdrop as Lawrence of Arabia – this powerful and assured “Bedouin Western” takes a perilous journey through the desert with a young boy named Theeb (translation: “Wolf”) as he helps guide a British officer to a secret destination.

"In Jacir Eid’s extraordinary performance, Theeb exhibits the composure, bravery and cunning of a little savage driven by animal instinct." – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"You’d never know Theeb was a debut feature from Mr. Nowar’s confident technique, and I found it astonishing, given the perfection of the performances, that all but one of the actors were Bedouin villagers who had never acted before." – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"A mesmerizing coming of age adventure in an elemental setting, Theeb becomes both more allegorical and more specific to our historical moment the more you think about it." –Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"Novice actor Hwietat is terrific in the lead role, and even if we go in knowing the historical backstory, we still discover it all from his point of view - and never stop wondering how the wolf will survive." – Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice

Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Principal Cast: Jacir Eid, Hassan Mutlag, Hussein Salameh, Marji Audeh, Jack Fox
Country: Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, United Kingdom
Year: 2014
Running Time: 100 minutes
Language: Arabic