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279 Ratings


Theeb | ذيب

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


In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

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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

Nowar has a great eye for landscape and for the varying patterns and textures of the desert, both big and small.
November 07, 2015
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Free of sentimentality, Theeb is a beautiful tribute to a way of life that has nearly come to an end, set during the crucial period when it began to disappear.
November 04, 2015
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Magnificently shot in Jordan, and cast with non-professional Bedouin actors, notably wide-eyed, engaging young lead Jacir Eid, Theeb is a stark, tense affair that feels strangely timeless; with its leisurely but to-the-point pacing, it feels like the sort of laconic art-house drama that could have been made at any time over the past five decades.
August 16, 2015
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