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182 Ratings


Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
Jordan, United Arab Emirates, 2014


Arabia, 1916. Theeb lives with his Bedouin tribe in a forgotten corner of the Ottoman Empire. Having recently lost his father, it falls to Theeb’s brother, Hussein, to raise him.

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Theeb Directed by Naji Abu Nowar

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Director (Venice Horizons Award)

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

BAFTA Awards

2016 | Winner: Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

2016 | Nominee: Best Film not in the English Language

What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Theeb

    No bittersweet Euro-style coming-of-age story here. This powerful drama of a young Bedouin's horrific journey into the desert wilderness, set during the Ottoman rule, is simply harrowing. Brilliant direction and acting, especially the young star, Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat. Beautifully shot on location in and around Wadi Rum, near Petra, a gorgeous, breathtaking place. Visit, if you can! It is safe there (for the moment).

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Theeb

    I loved just about everything about the movie, other than the message. If becoming a man means exacting revenge, leave me out of it. I guess from the wolf comes the wolf. And the cycle of violence goes on and on.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Theeb

    This is a boy's elemental journey into manhood told against the epic backdrop of the Arabian Desert and the unseen (yet palpable) effects of World War I and the Arab Revolt. Much is told through Theeb's absorbing gaze as he first chases, then chooses his destiny. The authenticity of the mostly non-actor Bedouin cast and the harsh purity of the desert makes for breathtaking, gripping drama.

  • Graveyard Poet's rating of the film Theeb

    Incredibly intense story of Bedouin boy's survival in the harsh desert set against the backdrop of British colonialism, bloody tribal warfare over water wells, and the oppressive Ottoman empire during World War I (1916).

  • msmichel's rating of the film Theeb

    The location work in Jordan, doubling for western Arabia, is astounding as is the work of d.p. Wolfgang Thaler in this adventure story set in the crumbling Ottoman empire in 1916 concerning a boy's survival in the desert. The title character is captured by young actor Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat in a natural and sincere performance. Screenplay by the director and Bassel Ghandour offers quiet rewards. Well worth a watch.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Theeb

    The on-location shooting in Jordan provides some really wonderful imagery, and director Naji Abu Nowar does an excellent job of providing small details that add context to the grueling personal narrative.

  • Cherry's rating of the film Theeb

    Brilliant brilliant brilliant what a cinematic experience you have to see it on a big screen and this is from someone who saw it with extreme eye strain and fatigue & was still transported

  • nouvelle vague 1960's rating of the film Theeb

    "Theeb" has been described as a "Bedouin Western" and is the story of a young boys journey from innocence to becoming a "Man".In fact,the central theme of the film,is change.We see it in the desert bandits, who once guided pilgrims.Pilgrims who now journey to Mecca,on the " Iron Donkey "We see it in the appearance of the British officer from an outside war.A war which will change everything for Theeb and Arabia.