A Palestinian man struggles with his newfound freedom—and notoriety—when he is released after years in an Israeli prison.
It’s just another night out for Ziad and his friends, drinking beers and poking fun at each other. When a shot rings out from a sniper in the West Bank, killing one of them, the boys retaliate by shooting a settler in a drive-by. In an ensuing chase, Ziad is caught by Israeli soldiers and sent to prison. Fifteen years later, he’s released. Now he has to reconnect with his home and his people, after spending his formative years in torture and isolation.
Bassam Jarbawi’s debut feature delves into the psychological effects of living amidst the tumultuous Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With an impressive lead performance by Ziad Bakri, this complex story—about trauma, survivor’s guilt and the true nature of freedom—is as gripping as it is uncompromising.
Cast & Credits
Bassam Jarbawi is a director, producer, writer and editor from Palestine. He earned his M.F.A. in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University. His first short, Chicken Heads (2009), screened at the New York Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. Screwdriver, his first feature film, was recently in competition at Venice Film Festival, amongst others.
Shrihari Sathe, Yasmine Qaddumi, Bassam Jarbawi
Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari, Jameel Khoury
*Official Selection, Venice Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Reykjavik International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018