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In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy, Theeb (Jacir Eid), experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks, uninvited but eager for adventure, on a perilous desert journey with his elder brother Hussein (Hussein Salameh) to guide a British officer Edward (Jack Fox) and his guide Marji (Marji Audeh) to their secret destination. Immersed in a way of life that has endured for centuries, the brothers are unaware of the tremendous upheavals taking place at the fringes of their world: the First World War is raging in Europe, the Ottoman Empire is coming undone, the Great Arab Revolt is brewing, and the British officer T.E. Lawrence is plotting with the Arab Prince Faisal to establish an Arab kingdom. The ensuing journey, filled with danger and hardship, will result in Theeb's greatly hastened maturation. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal, in a culture where a man's honour and righteousness determines his inclusion or expulsion from the community.

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Naji Abu Nowar co-writes and directs this Arabic drama set during the First World War. In the Ottoman province of Hejaz, young Bedouin orphans Theeb (Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat) and his older brother Hussein (Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen) embark on a perilous journey across the desert to take an English soldier and his Arabian guide to a well near an Ottoman train track. Although Hussein orders his younger brother to stay home, Theeb follows and is soon left to fend for himself when the rest of the group are ambushed and killed by Arab rebels. When an injured mercenary comes across the youngster the pair are forced to rely on each other to survive in the inhospitable desert amidst the surrounding violence. The film won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer.

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