Screwdriver

Directed by Bassam Jarbawi
2018
Palestine, USA, Qatar
108 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Bassam Jarbawi’s debut feature is a suspenseful and moving drama about a Palestinian political prisoner, released after 15 years, who battles to reintegrate into a very changed society.

Ziad Bakri gives an intense, brooding performance as Ziad, who has spent all his adult life in prison for a bungled act of revenge in the name of a friend who was killed by Israeli settlers. Upon release, he returns to his refugee camp home in Ramallah, where he is greeted as a hero. But Ziad is a mess: withdrawn, bitter, racked by guilt and suffering from PTSD. He's bewildered by a new world of mobile phones, iced lattes and hipster bars; and baffled when a Palestinian-American filmmaker (Yasmine Qaddumi) approaches him to take part in her documentary. Jarbawi's taut screenplay balances suspense, politics, romance and surprising comedy, as Ziad reckons with his trauma, his loneliness and his place in the struggle.

The more complex lead role, nicely played by Ziad Bakri ('Personal Affairs'), gives it a genuine, affecting core.
Jay Weissberg, Variety

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Sat 8 June
8:35pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 June
7pm
Casula Powerhouse
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Original Title
Mafak
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Palestine, USA, Qatar
Language
In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director
Bassam Jarbawi
Producer
Bassam Jarbawi, Shrihari Sathe, Yasmine Qaddumi
Cast
Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari, Jameel Khoury, Mariam Basha
Screenwriter
Bassam Jarbawi
Cinematographer
David McFarland
Editor
Bassam Jarbawi, Christopher Radcliff
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Middle East
Company Credits
Distributor: Potential Films
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