New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Venice Horizons Award ~ Best Film
Venice Film Festival
Venice Horizons Award ~ Best Director
Venice Film Festival
A classic adventure film of the best kind, and one that's rarely seen these days.



It’s 1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb ("Wolf") in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, deadly desert. The brothers' quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long, treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find itself trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Naji Abu Nowar's powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous "Bedouin Western" about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him.

“A beautifully simple and stunningly elegant film – that can be seen as something of a companion piece to
Lawrence of Arabia – Naji Abu Nowar’s delightful THEEB is a striking film, old-fashioned in tone and structure but always watchable and modestly powerful.” – Mark Adams, Screen Daily

“It is a spectacularly epic film with a wonderfully intimate human story. It possesses everything that allows me fall in love with cinema, again and again…THEEB is…the kind of film that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go.” – E. Nina Rothe, Huffington Post
Not Rated
Adventure, Thriller/Suspense, Drama
Naji Abu Nowar
Jacir Eid, Hassan Mutlag, Hussein Salameh, Marji Audeh, Jack Fox
Nominee, New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Nominee, Venice Horizons Award ~ Best Film, Venice Film Festival
Winner, Venice Horizons Award ~ Best Director, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

A steam locomotive was often called an iron horse in classic westerns. It’s called an iron donkey in “Theeb,” a Middle-Eastern western that is set in Jordan, where it was made, and that qualifies as a modest classic. This beautiful film follows the exploits of a Bedouin boy named Theeb in 1916, the ...

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