In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.
Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Writer: Naji Abu Nowar, Bassel Ghandour
Production: Noor Pictures
Released: 19 Mar 2015
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations.
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The strong eat the weak
And not just any man
He who swims in the Red Sea cannot know...
- And not just any man, Theeb, can reach the seabed, my son.
- In questions of brotherhood, never refuse a guest. Be the right hand of the right when men make their stand.
- And if the wolves offer friendship, do not count on success. They will not stand beside you when you are facing death.
- Theeb. Hey, Theeb! Come here. Come water the camels.
- - No playing, come here... - Let me get it.
- Listen carefully. See this? Put the target here, understand? Uh-huh. Then line it up with that sight. Good, now watch how I do it.
- Hold the rifle properly. Move forward. - Good. - Let go.
- - What? - Where's the bullet? Where is it? No bullets until you aim straight. Fair?
- Take it. Careful, it's sharp.
- - Wait, wait! - Get up, don't fall in.
- Let go. Let go or else! - Or what? - Let go.
- - Shall I drop you? - Hussein, don't! - No more joking, agreed? - Agreed. - Let's eat. I'm hungry. - Let's go home. - Six! - Tabb. - He got him. - No, he's short. - He's not short. - It is
- - It's Tabb, no argument. - it's Abu Eid's turn. - Ottoman gold! - it's a two.
- - Your turn, Sheikh. - How much? - Another six. - Six! - Two. - Your dog's dead. - No chance. - Count them.
- You're cheating. - We lost. - Not yet.
- - How much? - Six, Sheikh. Absolutely, six. - Six! - Got him. He's out.
- We have guests. They are welcome.
- Peace be upon you. And unto you, welcome. - How are you? - Welcome. - Peace be upon you. - Welcome. - How are you? - Good and you?
- - How are you? - We are well and you?
- - Good evening. - And to you.
- - Coffee, Hussein. - Coming. Good evening to you all.
- - A long life. - And to you. - Long journey? - Yes, it's been a long ride. God give you strength.
- - How is our guest? - Well and you? How are you? How's your health?
- - Who's the foreigner? - I don't know. - What's he want? - Quiet, child.
- - You want to kill it? - Yes.
- - Alright, but don't tell our brother. - Don't worry. Take it. Say a prayer.
- - Should I do it? - No. No, let me.
- - Eat, eat. - It was delicious.
- You didn't eat. Water's there. Theeb, get him water.
- - Where's your friend from? - He's English. Stop m
- - Where's Sheikh Abu Hmoud's tribe? - You've arrived. - How is the Sheikh? - He passed away. May he rest in peace.
- - He was a good man. - Thank you.
- - Does he have sons? - Yes. I'm the eldest and this is Hussein and Theeb. - It's an honor. - The honor's ours.
- What's he saying? I don't know. Keep quiet.
- How many men have you killed?
- - I have a request, Sheikh. - Of course. The sharif said you could guide us to the Roman Well.
- On the Pilgrim's Trail? That trail's been abandoned since the railroad came. I have people there. With all respect, there are more raiders than pilgrims on that trail.
- Your father's reputation led us here.
- My brother Hussein will guide you.
- - I'll see you, brother. - Soon, God willing.
- - With your permission, Sheikh. - Go in peace.
- We need the boy's brother to guide us.
- We can't leave him. - What's he saying? - Hold on.
- We need his brother to guide us. - What's he saying? - You must come with us.
- I'll take him home and come back. He wants to leave now. - Convince him. - He won't listen.
- Who is she? His wife. Hussein wants to marry. - Don't be rude. - Congratulations.
- It's a long wait. Why do you always wink at her? Quiet, you're rude.
- - What's that? - When you're older.
- Sing for us. - Sing! _ Sing, Sing_
- For too long now You have forsaken home
- - What do you think? - Six riders.
- Pilgrims maybe. Then let's ride. There's a problem, Marji? No problem.
- What do they want with the well?
- I don't know. We take them and go home.
- - What's in the box? - The box? He goes crazy if I touch it. The Englishman keeps his gold in it.
- - Don't you dare touch him! - Calm down.
- - Go over there. - Never touch him!
- Never touch my brother! No matter what he does. He doesn't want anyone to touch the box. - He didn't know. - So tell him not to. Don't touch it again. Agreed?
- - They slaughtered them. - Let's go.
- We're being watched. Could they be your men?
- Those are our men down the well. What's happening? We need more men.
- I can't. I won't leave them.
- What's wrong with you? We brought them here.
- I'm not leaving them! I'll die before I abandon them! - What are they fighting about? - it's none of our business.
- Brotherhood is more important than your railway.
- You're leaving? You've done enough. You honor your father's memory.
- - Peace be upon you. - Goodbye, Mary. - I hope we meet again. - God willing. Goodbye. Peace be upon you.
- Marji, I'm worried you won't find the next well. The trail's too dangerous for the boy. Goodbye.
- - Why? - Help me pack. Why? You want them to die of thirst? We can't leave them. I'm not going. Why did you follow me then?
- Can you survive alone? I can take care of myself.
- So now you can take care of yourself? - Why did you follow me then? - You're not my father.
- Come pack our things. This trail is for men.
- Tracks from yesterday. They lead out of the canyon.
- - Save your brother. - We won't leave you. - Go! I'll cover you. - Run!
- - Why did you come back? - it's a trap.
- - Where are they? - I lost them.
- You're surrounded. Surrender and you'll have peace. We don't want you. We just want the camels.
- Are you alright? - Kill them! - I'll get them.
- - Hey, brothers. - What? - The view's better from here. - Here we come.
- We're coming for you, boys. Make a run for it!
- Too late for prayers, you're as good as dead.
- Don't listen to them. I'm not scared.
- Remember our father. “The strong eat the weak.” We're stronger than them.
- Hey, I think they've really fallen asleep! - They're dreaming. - Hey, boys, no sleeping in bandit country.
- Don't sleep. - Hilayal, let's wake them. - Good idea.
- If anything happens, climb up the mountain.
- When it's safe, wait by the well. Someone will come.
- He's in the well. Why are you hiding, little doggy?
- Hussein. Answer me, Hussein.
- I swear I'll find you! I swear I'll kill you!
- Somebody help me! I'll get you, little dog.
- Help me! I'm the only one who can help you!
- Don't be scared. Don't be scared.
- Why were you with the Englishman?
- - Shut up. - Silence. Did I bring you here? Your people put you in this mess. You killed them. Didn't I say, “Surrender and you'll have peace”? And what did you do? You shot me! So don't blam
- God sent me so that the beasts don't eat you.
- I don't need you. You're sure? You don't need me? The trail is clear. Take my camel as blood money.
- Because you're a helpless rabbit. Worse. At least a rabbit can survive alone. Maybe I'll let the beasts eat you.
- God punish them for not cleaning my wound. Who?
- They never appreciated the value of brotherhood.
- Take the dagger and dig the bullet out.
- It's loaded. If anything happens to me, protect us.
- - What's your name? - Theeb.
- Is that your tribe's mark on the box?
- Who's Sheikh Abu Hmoud to you? He's my father.
- Wolf, I beseech you don't eat the wolf
- How many nights did he feed you when you were starving? Sing with me, Wolf.
- Wolf, I beseech you don't eat the wolf How many nights did he feed you when you were starving?
- How do you track with the stars?
- Put the North Star between your eyes.
- And the South Star between your shoulders.
- - What's our direction? - West. Right.
- - What's that? - The iron donkey. - What? - You'll see.
- What is it? The iron donkey trail. What's it for? Pilgrims and Ottoman soldiers ride it.
- A month by camel now takes a week by train.
- We're not raiders. You're revolutionaries. If you know us, who are you? - I'm a pilgrim guide. - Aren't you obsolete? I'm the last one.
- Who's this pilgrim? That's Hmoud.
- I'm taking him to the train station. Bad idea.
- That's none of your business. Where did you get that pistol?
- Is it strange to carry guns? There are no English pistols around here. I bought it in Egypt. Have you seen an Englishman? In Egypt, I bought the gun from one. And Hmoud, did you see an English
- We have a long journey. Time to go.
- Avoid the railway. We have business with the Ottomans. Go in peace. Safe journey.
- I've met all kinds of people.
- Anyone from wise men to merchants.
- I even took a ship captain to Mecca. What's a ship captain? They guide people at sea.
- and the Palestine sea. I've traveled all over. I've seen Jerusalem and al-Sham.
- Everywhere from Baghdad to Al-Madinah al-Munawwarah.
- The train came and ruined everything. All my forefathers were pilgrim guides.
- They left us in dark times, without means or opportunity. And so brother killed brother.
- Those are your Englishman's friends.
- What happened? The train. Madmen. You can't stop a spear with your hand.
- Put the saddle on and stay with the camel. I won't be long.
- What do you want? - The lieutenant. - Go on.
- - Where did you get it? - From Egypt.
- What's his name? Theeb, my right hand on the trail.
- Go to the camel. I'll follow you.
Theeb - Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat
The Stranger - Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh
Hussein - Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen
Edward - Jack Fox
Marji - Marji Audeh
Sheikh - Hmood Ali
Suleiman - Abdul Aziz Mousa
Mulazim - Baha Othman
Revolt Commander - Ali Omayan
Revolt Officer - Aswad Gasem
Revolter - Ali Saleh
Revolter - Abdullah Atawi
Revolter - Suleiman Fraj
Revolter - Hisham Ahmand
Raider - Ouday Hassan
Raider - Marwan Mohammad
Ottoman Solider - Ali Al-Awaisheh
Ottoman Solider - Mohammad Al-Ugaily
Ottoman Solider - Khlali Abu Haltam
Ottoman Solider - Yaseer Al-Braji
Ottoman Solider - Maidi Asa'ad
Ottoman Solider - Mahmoud Ibrahim Odeh
Ottoman Solider - Thiab Yousef Jarrah
Ottoman Soldier - Taha Ahmad Al-Radaideh
Ottoman Soldier - Nidal Shraim
Ottoman Soldier - Abdel Qader Salleg
Abu Ali - Nasser Mohammed
Noaf - Safa Alazarat
Tribesman VO Actors - Oasem Nsser Sweilheen
Tribesman VO Actors - Ali Oassem Sweilheen
Tribesman VO Actors - Salm Eid Sweilheen
Turkish VO Actors - Burak Wahib Ramadan
Turkish VO Actors - Saif Hamdan Al-Udwan
Turkish VO Actors - Mohamad Mansour Al-Zoubi
Turkish VO Actors - Mahmoud Eid Abu Zeid
Dead Body in Well - Eyad Daher
Dead Body in Well - Fayez Sweilheen
Farouq - Abu Farouq