Country: Jordan, Qatar, UK, United Arab Emirates
Running Time: 100min
Production Year: 2014
Category: Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriter Award, Cinema 360º
Theeb (meaning “wolf”), is the adorable youngest son of the Sheikh of a Bedouin tribe in the Arabian Desert. But Theeb is still a “pup” – playing mischievous boyhood games with his protective older brother Hussein. It’s 1916, however, and in WWI era Arabia, great forces of political change are mobilizing that will soon radically change Theeb’s majestic and dangerous world.
When Hussein leaves the tribe to escort a visiting British solider on a treacherous journey to a far-away desert wellspring, Theeb secretly tags along on his trusty burro. But when the party hits a crossroads, Theeb must find the resources within himself to become a true “wolf”, and learn to run with a much larger pack, as the rumblings of the Great Arab Revolt begin.
Director Naji Abu Nowar spent a year living in the Wadi Rum desert village of Shakiriya in Jordan, casting some of the last Bedouins to have lived a nomadic life in the lead roles, in order to find the greatest possible authenticity for his feature film debut. The results are piercing, bruising and noble. Shot in some of the same breathtaking locations as David Lean used for his mighty classic Lawrence of Arabia, Theeb wields imagery and drama of a terrifying beauty. – Jaie Laplante
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Director: Naji Abu Nawar
Producer: Bassel Ghandour, Rupert Lloyd
Screenwriter: Naji Abu Nowar, Bassel Ghandour
Cinematographer: Wolfgang Thale
Editor: Rupert Lloyd