Theeb

Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
Film Movement
2014
100 Minutes
United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, United Kingdom
Arabic
Coming of Age, Thriller, Drama
Middle Eastern Studies, History, Indigenous Peoples
Not Rated
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Nominated for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1916, while war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb ("Wolf") in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Naji Abu Nowar’s powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous "Bedouin Western" about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him.

"Filmed in various Jordanian locales, including Wadi Rum (where David Lean shot Lawrence of Arabia), Theeb is a visually spectacular production that might take place in an unfamiliar setting but touches on universal themes. A fascinating and moving film, this is highly recommended." - Video Librarian

Blu-ray Features

Commentary Track with director Naji Abu Nowar\n\nBonus short: Waves '98, directed by Ely Dagher

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

DVD Features

Commentary Track with director Naji Abu Nowar\n\nBonus short: Waves '98, directed by Ely Dagher

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "A classic adventure film of the best kind, and one that's rarely seen these days!"
    Jay Weissberg, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "THEEB is a jewel! Hail to the power of cinema."
    E. Nina Rothe, Huffington Post
  • Highest Rating
    "Theeb deals with is nothing less grand than survival; survival on an individual level for the protagonist but also the survival of a culture and a way of life."
    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

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