Naji Abu Nowar (2014)

15 Certificate


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Sharing Jordanian locations with David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), director Naji Abu Nowar's debut tale of Great War mettle and treachery feels like an adaptation of a classic adventure book for boys. At its heart is Bedouin adolescent Jacir Eid, who follows big brother Hussein Salameh into the desert when the older boy offers to escort British army officer Jack Fox to a Roman well. That's where a rendezvous is set with the tribal warriors who will help Fox sabotage a railway line. However, events conspire to leave Eid at the mercy of brigand Hassan Mutlag. Using imposing widescreen vistas to capture the forbidding beauty of the terrain, Nowar avoids moralising about a tragic situation and its enduring ramifications. But he draws inspiration from John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa to explore such potent themes as tradition, colonialism, honour and duty from the uncomprehending perspective of the alertly expressive Eid.


A Bedouin boy living in an Ottoman province during the First World War offers to help his brother guide a British officer on a perilous journey through the desert to a secret destination. He gradually becomes more aware of the devastating events occurring in the world around him and is forced to grow up quickly. Drama, starring Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat and Jack Fox. In Arabic.

Cast & Crew

Theeb Jacir Eid
Hussein Hussein Salameh
The Stranger Hassan Mutlag
Edward Jack Fox
Marji Marji Audeh
Director Naji Abu Nowar
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Other Information

Language: Arabic / EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: New Wave FilmsGuidance: ViolenceReleased on: 14 Aug 2015