classified 15 S

Bristol Palestine Film Festival 2019


Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019

Bassam Jarbawi
Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari, Jameel Khoury
108 mins, Subtitled, 2018, Palestine | USA | Qatar
Primary language
Arabic | Hebrew

Award winning writer-director Bassam Jarbawi’s ambitious feature debut, shot entirely in the West Bank, follows Ziad as he returns home after 15 years in an Israeli jail.

A newly released Ziad doesn't recognise the world around him - he is a free man but his friends have moved on, technology has changed, and dating seems impossible. Though hailed as a hero for his involvement in a failed attack on a settler — the act that led to his imprisonment — the young Palestinian man has doubts about whether his actions had any real meaning.

Now living back at home, Ziad’s attempts to adjust to life on the outside prove to be frustratingly slow: he has no education, no trade, and he’s weighed down by an incredible sadness as he tries to live what feels like an already lost life. When he meets a young Palestinian–American filmmaker, it becomes clear Ziad’s problems aren’t just sociological, but also psychological. And with no real help to heal this unseen wound, it seems that he might end up exactly where he began.

Effectively capturing, Screwdriver immerses us in a distinctly Palestinian story while addressing the universal trauma of reintegration after incarceration.

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