- Naji Abu Nowar
- Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweihiyeen
While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb 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. “A disarmingly complex boyhood adventure with no shortage of tension or harsh beauty, Theeb marks a winning debut feature for co-writer and director Naji Abu Nowar.” (LA Times) Jordan’s submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar and one of nine films shortlisted for one of the five coveted nominee slots.
Cosponsored with the Dept. of Near Eastern Studies.