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Annemarie Jacir is fond of road movies."Wajib" ("Duty") relates a day in the life of Shadi and Abu Shadi (Saleh and Mohammad Bakri), a son and father who – in preparation for the marriage of Abu Shadi's daughter Amal (Maria Zreik), and following local custom – are driving around Nazareth, hand-delivering wedding invitations.He wants his son to find a job in Nazareth, betraying an old resentment against his ex-wife, Diala, who fled Israel and lives in America with a different husband.This old wound is accentuated by her being unable to participate in the wedding plans, leaving Abu Shadi to play father and mother both.Many of the situations father and son walk into are genuinely funny.The comedy of these scenes arises from an authenticity that's hardly exclusive to the Palestinian experience – the old gentleman who feels the need to read the entire wedding invitation aloud, haltingly, as father and son look on as if waiting for the bomb to be defused, say, or the miserable yearning on Abu Shadi's face as he watches a future wedding guest light up a fag, knowing he can't smoke one himself.
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