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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
Original Title
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.
Ziad Bakri
Areen Omari
Jameel Khoury
Amir Khoury
Screenwriter: Bassam Jarbawi
DOP: David McFarland
Editor: Bassam Jarbawi
Christopher Radcliff
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Production Company(ies)
Rimsh Film
Shrihari Sathe
Yasmine Qaddumi
Bassam Jarbawi
film festivals
Giornate Degli Autori (Venice Days), Italy
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland
Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Brussels Mediterranean Film, Belgium
International Film Festival of Kerala, India
Reel Palestine, Palestine
Human Rights Weekend, Netherlands
Annonay International Film Festival, France
Bengaluru International Film Festival, India
Cambodia International Film Festival, Cambodia
Cine-Palestine, Palestine
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, various countries
Haifa Independent Film Festival, Israel
Movies that Matter Film Festival, Netherlands
Cleveland Film Festival, USA
Festival du film Palestinien Strasbourg, France
Palestine En Vue, France
Festival Cinémas du Sud, France
Cairo Cinema Days, Egypt
Dallas International Film Festival, USA
San Diego Arab Film Festival, USA
Fajr International Film Festival, Iran
Chicago Palestine Film Festival, USA
Washigton DC International Film Festival, USA
Houston Palestine Film Festival, USA
Festival Cinema Arabé, Morocco
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Australia
Festival Ciné-Palestine, France
Sydney Film Festival, Australia
Arab Film Festival Busan, South Korea
Arab Film Festival Dearborn, USA
Annaba Film Festival Mediterranean, Algeria
New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival, USA
Filmfest Munich, Germany
Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
Pyeong Chang International Peace Film Festival, South Korea
Arab Film Festival Amman, Jordan
Palestine Arts Film Festival, Palestine
Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada
Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier (CINEMED), France
International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey
Festival International Cinema Mediterranean de Tetouan, Morocco
Gabes Cinema Fen, Tunisia
film awards
Young Audience Award at the Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier (CINEMED), France
Best Film at the International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey
Best First Feature and Best Actor at the Festival International Cinema Mediterranean de Tetouan, Morocco
Best Film at the Gabes Cinema Fen, Tunisia
“Debuting director-writer Bassam Jarbawi has a great theme with Screwdriver and a slick filmmaking style.” Jay Weissberg - Variety