Spring 2017 Film Series- Young Lives: Against the Odds
From The Washington Post review:
With its sunbaked vistas, deep-seated impulses of honor and vengeance and lone hero doing battle with nameless outlaws, "Theeb" often resembles a story worthy of Sergio Leone, reimagined by way of the widescreen sweep of "Lawrence of Arabia." This...foreign-language Academy Awards submission from Jordan may coin a new film genre: not the western, but the Middle Eastern.
Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat plays...a boy of around 10 who lives with his older brother Hussein...with a group of their fellow Bedouins in 1916 Arabia. According to tradition, tribal members never refuse to offer hospitality to strangers, so when an itinerant guide and a British soldier approach their encampment one night, they slaughter a goat and offer the visitors coffee. When the men ask Hussein to guide them to a well along an old trail to Mecca, he complies in order to fulfill the legacy of his late father, a sheikh. Longing to be initiated into the ways of adulthood, Theeb tags along, embarking on a journey that will test him physically and mentally in ways he can't imagine
Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Country of Origin: Jordan/UAE/Qatar/UK
Language: Arabic (English subtitles)
Year / Length: 2014 / 100 min
Please visit https://cmes.arizona.edu/events/theeb-0 for more information.