“A classic adventure film of the best kind, boasting stunning locales in a well-told story about a young Bedouin boy outwitting potential enemies in the desert.” – Variety
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz, western Arabia, during World War I, orphaned brothers Hussein and Theeb are from a family of pilgrim guides, living a traditional Bedouin life. One night a British soldier and his Arab escort appear out of the darkness, asking to be guided across the treacherous Arabian Desert to a water well. Hussein cannot refuse a request for help, and Theeb follows.
Immediately evoking memories of Lawrence of Arabia, Theeb is set at a moment when the Bedouin lifestyle is on the cusp of radical change. Young Theeb is a witness to these shifts, his survival dependent on the training he receives watching his brother.
Winner of Best Director in the Venice Film Festival Horizons section, Abu Nowar’s first feature, shot entirely in southern Jordan using mostly non-professional actors, is a remarkable achievement and, the first Bedouin Western!