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Oscar-nominated, BAFTA award-winning film tells the story of a young Bedouin boy who escorts a British officer across the desert during World War One in 1916

Naji Abu Nowar and Rupert Lloyd in panel discussion with Nujoom Al Ghanem 20th Apr 2016

Young film enthusiasts gather with ‘Theeb’ writer/director Naji Abu Nowar for special screening and panel discussion

Film enthusiasts gathered last night for a special screening of the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA award-winning film ‘Theeb’. Hosted at New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center in association with Total as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival, the screening was followed by a panel discussion with the film’s writer/director Naji Abu Nowar and producer Rupert Lloyd. Moderated by the Emirati director and producer Nujoom Al Ghanem, the audience – which included members of the Abu Dhabi Festival’s Young Filmmakers’ Circle – were treated to a discussion and behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Theeb.  

Set in 1916, the film follows the exploits of a Bedouin boy who joins his older brother escorting a British officer across the desert in a remote part of the Ottoman Empire. ‘Theeb’ was nominated for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Oscar at the 2016 Academy Awards and also won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award for Outstanding Debut by British writer, director or producer this year.