Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

Screwdriver
(Mafak)

 

Year: 2018
Country: PALESTINE, USA, QATAR
Run Time: 108 minutes

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Screwdriver
Screwdriver
Screwdriver
Screwdriver
Screwdriver

US PREMIERE

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.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 7:20 PM

Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 11:40 AM

Sidebars
Strangers in a Strange Land
Voices of the Arab World

Competition
New Direction Competition

Director

Director
Bassam Jarbawi

Bassam Jarbawi began working as a photographer during the second Palestinian Intifada. His photographs led to several exhibits and his first documentary, “Frequency.” Jarbawi completed his B.A. in Communication and Political Science at Macalester College and earned his M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University in New York.

Filmography
SCREWDRIVER (2018)

Producers
Shrihari Sathe, Yasmine Qaddumi, Bassam Jarbawi

Screenwriting
Bassam Jarbawi

Cinematography
David McFarland

Editing
Bassam Jarbawi, Christopher Radcliff

Principal Cast
Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari, Jameel Khoury, Yasmine Qaddumi, Mariam Basha, Amir Khoury

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