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Mafak

Director: Bassam Jarbawi
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The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September 2018.
The film explores the physical and emotional toll felt by a Palestinian prisoner released after 15 years in an Israeli jail and the pressure he feels while trying to integrate himself back into society.
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2018/ Palestine - USA - Qatar108 min/ Drama
SYNOPSIS
MAFAK follows Young Ziad who is imprisoned on the heels of an act of revenge assassinating an Israeli settler who shot his best friend dead. Released 15 years later, Ziad is trying to pick up his life, suffering from some form of PTSD, and hitches a ride that will return him to a more familiar life.
CAST
Ziad Bakri
Areen Omari
Jameel Khoury
Amir Khoury
Mariam Basha
Yasmine Qaddumi
CREW
Screenwriter: Bassam Jarbawi
DOP: David McFarland
Editor: Bassam Jarbawi
Christopher Radcliff
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Production Company(ies)
Dialectic
Rimsh Film
Producer(s)
Shrihari Sathe
Yasmine Qaddumi
Bassam Jarbawi
film festivals
film festivals Giornate Degli Autori (Venice Days), Italy
film festivals Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
film festivals Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland
film festivals Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia
film festivals Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
film festivals Brussels Mediterranean Film, Belgium
film festivals International Film Festival of Kerala, India
film festivals Reel Palestine, Palestine
film festivals Human Rights Weekend, Netherlands
film festivals Annonay International Film Festival, France
film festivals Bengaluru International Film Festival, India
film festivals Cambodia International Film Festival, Cambodia
film festivals Cine-Palestine, Palestine
film festivals Human Rights Watch Film Festival, various countries
film festivals Haifa Independent Film Festival, Israel
film festivals Movies that Matter Film Festival, Netherlands
film festivals Cleveland Film Festival, USA
film festivals Festival du film Palestinien Strasbourg, France
film festivals Palestine En Vue, France
film festivals Festival Cinémas du Sud, France
film festivals Cairo Cinema Days, Egypt
film festivals Dallas International Film Festival, USA
film festivals San Diego Arab Film Festival, USA
film festivals Fajr International Film Festival, Iran
film festivals Chicago Palestine Film Festival, USA
film festivals Washigton DC International Film Festival, USA
film festivals Houston Palestine Film Festival, USA
film festivals Festival Cinema Arabé, Morocco
film festivals Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Australia
film festivals Festival Ciné-Palestine, France
film festivals Sydney Film Festival, Australia
film festivals Arab Film Festival Busan, South Korea
film festivals Arab Film Festival Dearborn, USA
film festivals Annaba Film Festival Mediterranean, Algeria
film festivals New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival, USA
film festivals Filmfest Munich, Germany
film festivals Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
film festivals Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
film festivals Pyeong Chang International Peace Film Festival, South Korea
film festivals Arab Film Festival Amman, Jordan
film festivals Palestine Arts Film Festival, Palestine
film festivals Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada
film awards
film awards Young Audience Award at Cinemed, Montpellier, France
Best Film at the Bosphorus International Film Festival, Turkey
Best First Feature and Best Actor at the Festival International Cinema Mediterranean de Tetouan, Morocco
Best Film at Gabes Cinema Fen, Gabes, Tunisia
Quotes
“Debuting director-writer Bassam Jarbawi has a great theme with Screwdriver and a slick filmmaking style.” Jay Weissberg - Variety