Film: Wajib (Friday)

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Mideast Focus Ministry for their First Friday Film series.
Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: St. Mark’s Cathedral
Bloedel Hall
1245 10th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
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Tickets: Free Admission
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There’s a quiet warmth that runs like a current through ‘Wajib,’ a new film from the Palestinian director and writer Annemarie Jacir. The title is Arabic for “duty,’ and here the obligation is shared by father and son. Abu Shadi, an aging divorcee living in a Christian Palestinian community in Nazareth, is driving around his neighborhood and its outskirts all day at the beginning of the Christmas season — he’s got ‘Jingle Bells’ as his phone’s ringtone — hand-delivering invitations to his daughter’s wedding. With him is his son, Shadi, an architect who now makes his home in Rome.
— Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Although now retired, Abu was a schoolteacher who had to find common ground in order to keep his job and get along with his Jewish Israeli employers. As a teenager, Shadi rejected this ‘complicit’ attitude and embraced more radical politics. Today, he lives in Italy, sports a man-bun and metrosexual threads, and has a girlfriend whose father was a big-shot intellectual associated with the PLO. Shadi is proud of that last bit, but conservative Abu quietly despises those he considers terrorists. However, the tension between the two men goes deeper than politics and is profoundly informed by ruptures within the family that are still felt in the present.
— Lesly Felperin, The Guardian

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