(Photo: Still from Theeb)
Theeb, a debut feature by Naji Abu Nawar, a young Jordanian filmmaker, tells the story of a young boy who accompanies his brother, an English soldier and his guide to a well near the newly established train tracks for his mission.
The storyline involving continuous travels on camels through the desert allows for cinematography by Wolfgang Thaler to pay a tribute to the beauty of the Jordanian landscape.
Adding to its many awards garnered over the past months, the film won the Main Award - The Belgrade Victor - and the Award for Best Script at the 43rd Belgrade International Film Festival (FEST), which ran between 27 February and 8 March.
Theeb has screened at the Toronto Film Festival, Venice Film Festival (where Abo Nawar won the New Horizons Award for Best Director) and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival earlier this month where it went home with even more awards: Best Film from the Arab World, FIPRESCI Prize for Best Narrative Feature.
The film was screened in Egypt during the Cairo International Film Festival in November 2014, as part of the Prospects of Arab Cinema Programme.