Theeb: An Arabic Western


Jordanian film

Multi-award winning feature film
Written & Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
Executive Producer, Nadine Toukan

“In questions of brotherhood never refuse a guest.”

Step into a period piece – like none other and be stunned by this adventure film.

Immerse yourself in an Arabic Western with extraordinary acting, stunning scenery, an intriguing plot, and pace.

Visit a locale that too few have experienced.

Cinematographer Wolfgang Thaler nailed it.

Timeless vast panoramas.

Allow yourself to be transformed back into a remote part of the Ottoman Empire of 1916.

Acquaint yourself with life and a view into Bedouin ethics and actions, customs and traditions.

Basically, non-professionals were used as actors — and I don’t know how they did it. The Bedouin tribesmen from the Wadi Rum valley of southern Jordan are the stars of this film.

The focus of the story is on a young Bedouin boy and his quick progress of survival in the desert under new circumstances and conditions. The storytelling is through the eyes and mind of the child Theeb, which means wolf in Arabic.

Some call it a coming-of-age story. For me this title is too narrow a label.

Theeb is also a story of colonialism – with an insight into a time past during WWI.

No spoilers here. And I don’t do lengthy plot break-downs in my film reviews.

Go and view this film with all of its power along with subtleties.

“In questions of brotherhood never refuse a guest.” This is the phrase that haunted me.

As I watched the movie this theme stood out for me — which are the rules of Bedouin hospitality that visitors be treated with respect. Albeit to a fault. Yet it is tradition.

Theeb has a samurai style feeling at times – regarding the related systems of justice, courage, honor, and loyalty.

You must see this film.

It is stirring, atmospheric, and evocative.