Director: Bassam Jarbawi
Country: Palestine, US, Qatar
Duration: 108 min.
Languages: Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Best Film, Best Feature Film International Competition, Bosphorous Film Festival, 2018
Youth Audience Award, Best Film, Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, 2018
Shot on location in the West Bank with an almost entirely Palestinian crew, Bassam Jarbawi’s feature debut is an important exploration of mental trauma, an invisible effect of the ongoing Occupation. Newly released Ziad doesn’t recognize 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 in Ramallah, Ziad’s attempts to adjust to life on the outside prove to be frustratingly slow. 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.