26 Jan at 8 pm, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue (Qouz Fest)
Dir: Bassam Jarbawi
2018 | PG | Feature | Arabic| 108’
* This screening is free admission, seating is a first come first serve basis and will take place outdoors.
In 2002, teenagers Ziad and Ramzi are the stars of Al-Amari basketball team. But, when Ramzi is shot dead in a crossfire, Ziad and his team seek revenge. Ziad is captured by Israeli forces, tortured, and then released fifteen years later.
Paraded as a hero upon his release, Ziad feels like a fraud. Ziad attempts to get his life in order, and works with an old friend at a construction site. However, the fast paced world and demand of modern Palestinian life become overbearing. Ziad pushes all loved ones away and struggles in silence.
He finds it difficult with both love interests, Mina and Salma. Salma, a girl from the camp madly in love with Ziad, offers him stability. A family friend, she pushes his limits by her constant presence in his space. On the other hand, Mina, a Palestinian-American filmmaker, represents all that is different. She holds the key to his self exploration. Her interviews chip away at his psyche as they move from past memories, to future dreams.
Haunted by the memories of his past, Ziad fails to move forward. Living in limbo,
￼After fifteen years of imprisonment, Ziad struggles to adjust to modern Palestinian life as the hero
￼everyone hails him to be. Unable to distinguish reality from hallucination he unravels and forces himself
￼to go back to where it all began.
￼unable to distinguish
￼reality from hallucination he unravels and forces himself to go back to where it all began.)
About the Director:
Bassam Jarbawi began working as a photographer during the second Palestinian Intifada. His
photographs produced several exhibits and his first documentary Frequency (2004). Jarbawi completed
his B.A. in Communication and Political Science at Macalester College, and earned his M.F.A. in
Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University in New York.
His short film Roos Djaj (Chicken Heads) premiered at New York Film Festival, screened at Sundance
Film Festival and won Best Film at the Columbia University Film Festival, Sonoma Film Festival, and
Dubai International Film Festival, to name a few. Post graduation, Bassam worked in digital distribution
in New York. His first feature, Screwdriver (Mafak) was part of the Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab (2011), Dubai
Film Connection through the support of Rawi and the Sundance Institute.