Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi’s debut feature film tackles the physical and emotional toll of one man’s return home after 15 years in an Israeli jail.
Screening of the film Mafak (Screwdriver), Directed by Bassam Jarbawi. Followed by a Q&A with the director.
In 2002, teenagers Ziad and Ramzi are the stars of Al-Amari basketball team. But, when Ramzi is shot dead in a crossfire, Ziad and his team seek revenge. Ziad is captured by Israeli forces, tortured, and then released fifteen years later. Paraded as a hero upon his release, Ziad feels like a fraud. Haunted by the memories of his past, Ziad fails to move forward. Living in limbo, Ziad struggles to adjust to modern Palestinian life as the hero ￼everyone hails him to be. Unable to distinguish reality from hallucination he unravels and forces himself ￼to go back to where it all began.