Everything You Need to Know Before You Watch The Movie “Theeb”

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Everything You Need to Know Before You Watch The Movie “Theeb”

For all you movie buffs, we advise you to place Theeb way up on your to-watch list. The intricate drama is one of brotherhood, maturity, and bravery. Read up to learn everything you need to know about it.

The Movie

Theeb is a 2014 Jordanian Arabic-language film co-written by Naji Abu Nowar and Bassel Ghandour. It is directed by Naji Abu Nowar as well, who is a British born Jordanian, and produced by Rupert Lloyd.

It is about a young Bedouin boy, Theeb, who must survive in the desert after he and his brother escort an English soldier to a well somewhere in the open wild. The film takes place during World War I, in the wake of the Great Arab Revolt. It has been entitled a “Bedouin Western.” It takes place in a village in Wadi Rum and features true Bedouins.

Watch Abu Nowar discuss the movie here.

What to Expect

  • Edge-of-your-seat suspense
  • Big surprises
  • Waterworks
  • Elation

Lead Actors

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Theeb: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat

He is currently in 10th grade; he filmed the movie when he was around 12 years old. At first he wanted to be a police officer, needless to say he is now into acting.

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Photo Credit: okcmoa.com

Hussein: Hussein Salameh al-Sweilhiyeen

He is back to camel racing, his favorite activity. He is also a tour guide.

Fun fact:

Both actors are cousins.

Important Numbers

  • Production Date: 2014
  • US Release Date: 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/ 10
  • Tomato Meter Rating: 96%
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Photo Credit: laurejacqueminphotos.blogspot.com


  • 71st Venice International Film Festival – Orizzonti Award for Best Director

  • British Academy Film Award (BAFTA)- For Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer

  • Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival

  • Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film

  • First Jordanian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016.

Check out Theeb’s Director’s and Producer’s Interview from the BAFTA awards.

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