Jordan | 2014 | 100 minutes | Naji Abu Nowar

The Arabian Desert, 1916: Theeb’s brother teaches him the Bedouin way of life. His lessons will prove crucial to the boy’s survival in this epic adventure tale with an intimate human core.

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The Arabian Desert, 1916. Theeb (whose name translates as Wolf) lives with his Bedouin tribe in a remote corner of the Ottoman Empire. Like other young boys, he’s prone to mischief, and when custom compels his older brother to escort a British Army officer to the next watering hole, Theeb tags along. By the time they realize he’s there, it’s too late to send him back, but there is no guarantee he will be better off with them; since the outbreak of the First World War, this harsh desert terrain has become the hunting ground of Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. If Theeb is to survive, he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust, betrayal, and the fragility of life. Theeb is an epic adventure tale that plays like a combination of classic American westerns and WWI social dramas, about one boy who must live up to the name his father gave him.

Director Biography
Born in the UK, Naji Abu Nowar began his filmmaking career when he was accepted into the 2005 RAWI Screenwriters lab held in association with the Sundance Institute, where he developed his first screenplay, Shakoush (Hammer). He then wrote and directed the short film Death of a Boxer (2009) which screened at international film festivals including the Palm Springs International Shortfest, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Miami Short Film Festival and the Franco-Arab Film Festival. Theeb is his feature film debut.

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  • 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
  • Producer: Bassel Ghandour, Rupert Lloyd
  • Screenplay: Naji Abu Nowar, Bassel Ghandour
  • Cinematographers: Wolfgang Thaler
  • Editors: Rupert Lloyd
  • Music: Jerry Lane
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Venice Film Festival 2014 (Best Director), BFI London 2014 (Best Film from the Arab World, Best First Feature Special Mention, FIPRESCI Winner), Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014 (Best Narrative Film, Best Film from the Arab World), Camerimage Film Festival 2014 (Best Directorial Debut)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Fortissimo Films