The film is set in a period known as Arab Revolt, when Arab nationalists sought independence from the Ottoman Turks. Events are seen through the eyes of Theeb (Jacir Eid), a Bedouin child who has had no contact with the world outside his desert community.  Theeb whose father has recently died, is the youngest of three sons in a family of guide. The story begins in traditional Bedouin desert community where a blond British army officer, Edward (Jack Fox), and his Arab sidekick, Marji (Marji Audeh), appear out of nowhere, seeking a well near the Ottoman train tracks. Hussein (Hussein Salameh), the second-oldest among brothers, agrees to lead the party and instructs Theeb to remain behind.   Theeb, whose name means wolf, disobeys his brother and follows the men to the well. When the Englishman goes for a drink, he finds only blood. There are bodies in the well. After a series of bandit attacks, Theeb is the only one left alive. Help does come, but in the badly wounded form of one of the bandits who attacked them.

The director was Naji Abu Nowar, who wrote the screenplay with Bassel Ghandour, and the stunning cinematography was done by Wolfgang Thaler.  Theeb is a bright kid who is consumed with curiosity.  Nowar has described Theeb as an “Arabic western” and the film has been compared to Sergio Leone’s westerns, in addition to Lawrence of Arabia. Throughout the film’s 100 mins, there is a significant shift between the film’s two major plotlines. However the latter half of the film is a much more compelling tale of survival against all odds, dissecting ideas about trust as the human element.  Theeb possesses some impeccable staging of cinematography as the harshness of the desert landscape is captured elegantly. In particular, Theeb possesses a beautiful sequence involving the starry night sky that is not to be missed.  Theeb deals with is nothing less grand than survival; survival on an individual level for the protagonist but also the survival of a culture .


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