Official Selection

Mafak - Screwdriver

by Bassam Jarbawi
Palestine, United States, Qatar, 2018, 108', color, DCP
Screenplay: Bassam Jarbawi
Sunday 02 September 2018
22:15 Sala Perla 2 Press, Industry
Wednesday 05 September 2018
17:00 Sala Perla Tickets, All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Thursday 06 September 2018
16:30 IMG Cinemas Candiani - Mestre Tickets
Thursday 06 September 2018
16:30 Cinema Rossini Tickets

screenplay
Bassam Jarbawi
cinematography
David McFarland
editing
Bassam Jarbawi
Christopher Radcliff

music
Jon Natchez
sound
Ryan Billia
Raja Dubayah
production design
Bashar Hassuneh
costumes
Hamada Atallah

cast
Ziad Bakri (Ziad)
Areen Omari (ZiadŐs Mom)

Jameel Khoury (Octopus)
Yasmine Qaddumi (Mina)
Mariam Basha (Nawal)
Amir Khoury (Teen Ziad)

productions
Rimsh Film
Dialectic
producers
Shrihari Sathe
Yasmine Qaddumi
Bassam Jarbawi
with the support of
Doha Film Institute

world sales
Dialectic
contact


After fifteen years of imprisonment, Ziad struggles to adjust to modern Palestinian life as the hero everyone hails him as. Unable to distinguish reality from hallucination, he unravels and forces himself to go back to where it all began.

Filmography

2018 Mafak (Screwdriver)
2009 Roos Djaj (Chicken Heads, short)

"Solitary prisoners' reliance on fantasy as a technique for survival captured my attention, and largely influenced the story of Mafak. Although acutely suffered symptoms subside post-solitary confinement, many prisoners suffer permanent damage which crystalizes as intolerance to social relations. Some prisoners become so reliant on the prison to organize their daily routine that they lose personal autonomy. Some seek a return to prison. This stagnant ever-waiting hopelessness pervades the Palestinian psyche. The result is an inability to define the self without an occupier, to organize and live life without restrictions. Mafak is set in the specifics of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; however, it can serve as a universal narrative of torture, confinement, and the battle with one's own image and reflection."
Bassam Jarbawi began working as a photographer during the second Palestinian Intifada. He 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 and screened at Sundance Film Festival. Post graduation, Bassam worked in digital distribution in New York and film production in Dubai, and finally moved back to Ramallah, Palestine to found Rimsh Film. There, he produced several shorts and feature documentaries, most recently Raed Andoni's Berlinale winner, Ghost Hunting. Mafak is his first feature film.

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