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Opening Night: Screwdriver

Thursday
September 19
Starting at: 7:00 PM

108 mins
Bassam Jarbawi
Fiction
2018 - Palestine, USA, Qatar

Young Ziad is a basketball star in the Al-Amari Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Ramallah. Ziad’s life is forever changed after him and his teammates avenge his best friend's killing. After more than a decade in an Israeli prison, Ziad returns home as a hero. Facing high expectations to settle back quickly into work and love, he is lost in a world he barely recognizes. When he meets a persistent Palestinian-American filmmaker, she reveals the layers of Ziad's personal struggles. Shot entirely on location in the West Bank with a largely Palestinian crew, award-winning director Bassam Jarbawi’s debut feature explores the universal trauma of reintegration after incarceration and the importance of uncovering the mental health effects of the occupation.

Co-presenters:
Rendez Vous With Madness
Human Rights Watch Film Festival