Washington, DC | www.adc.org | January 14, 2016 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) congratulates the cast and crew of Theeb for receiving Jordan’s first Oscar nomination (for Best Foreign Language Film)! The film is the directorial debut of Naji Abu Nowar and stars 15-year-old Jacir Eid Al Hweitat, also making his debut as the title character Theeb.
Theeb (wolf) is set in 1916 and tells the story of a young Bedouin boy who finds himself in danger as a result of his tribe’s alliance with the British (against Ottoman rulers of the time). The film has been lauded by critics and has won 15 awards internationally. Abu Nowar and his co-writer Bassel Ghandour worked extensively with local tribes in Al Shakriyeh, a village on the outskirts of Wadi Rum in Jordan, in efforts to include local people as actors and create an accurate portrayal of Bedouin life in Jordan. All leads involved in the film made their acting debuts in the feature, with the exception of Jack Fox.
Tune in to the Academy Awards on February 28, 2016 to see if Theeb will make history again as Jordan’s first Oscar winning film!