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Country: PALESTINE, USA, QATAR
Run Time: 108 minutes
SCREWDRIVER is named for its opening scene, in which two Palestinian boys—Ziad and Ramzi—oddly form a bond after harming each other with tools. Fast forward ten years and the two are close friends, wowing the community with their basketball skills. One night after a game, Ramzi is shot and killed for no reason, a not-so-uncommon occurrence given the hostile environment in Palestine. Ziad and his friends are filled with anger and engage in an act of revenge that leads to a police chase. Authorities only manage to catch Ziad, and he refuses to snitch on his buddies. He spends 15 years in an Israeli prison, where he’s tortured and mistreated. When he’s finally released, he’s given a hero’s welcome in his hometown, but readjusting to life on the outside proves challenging. While the technology to communicate is now more convenient than ever, he finds it impossible to truly connect with anyone; he’s still isolated, regardless of whether or not he’s behind bars. This compelling character drama shines a light on the difficulties of reintegration. (In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles) —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 7:20 PM
Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 11:40 AM
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