Feature Narrative Competition | 108 min | 2018


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About the Film

Young Ziad is the star of the refugee camp basketball team in Palestine. Seeking revenge for his best friend, he attempts to assassinate an Israeli settler but gets arrested. Fifteen years later, we follow a confused Ziad as he struggles to adjust to his chaotic new world. His mental state halts his advance in two potential love stories – with Salma, a close friend of his sister, and with Mina, a Palestinian-American shooting a documentary about Ziad.


26 Sep, 21:00, Sea Cinema 1

27 Sep, 15:30, TUB Audi Max


Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2018
Length 108 min
Language Arabic, Hebrew
Country Palestine, United States, Qatar
Premiere MENA Premiere

Film Credits

Director Bassam Jarbawi
Screenplay Bassam Jarbawi
Cinematography David McFarland
Music Jon Natchez
Editing Bassam Jarbawi, Christopher Radcliff
Producer Shrihari Sathe, Yasmine Qaddumi, Bassam Jarbawi
Production Company Shrihari Sathe, Rimsh Film, Dialectic
Sound Design
Sound Ryan Billia
Cast Ziad Bakri, Yasmine Qaddumi, Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari, Jameel Khoury, Yasmine Qaddumi, Mariam Basha, Amir Khoury

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Directed by: Bassam Jarbawi

Bassam Jarbawi began working as a photographer during the second Palestinian Intifada. He 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. His short film Roos Djaj (Chicken Heads) premiered at New York Film Festival, screened at Sundance Film Festival. Post graduation, Bassam worked in digital distribution in New York, film production in Dubai, and finally moved back to Ramallah, Palestine to found Rimsh Film. There, he produced several shorts and feature documentaries, most recently, Raed AndoniƐs Berlinale winner, Ghost Hunting. Mafak is his first feature film.