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UK Premiere: Screwdriver (15*) + ScreenTalk

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2019


Writer-director Bassam Jarbawi's ambitious first feature follows a Palestinian man as he returns home from 15 years in prison.

Young Ziad is the star of the Al-Amari Refugee Camp basketball team in the Ramallah outskirts of Palestine. When his best friend is shot and killed in crossfire, his teammates seek revenge, with results that will impact young Ziad’s life forever.

Shot entirely on location in the West Bank with a largely Palestinian crew, award-winning director Bassam Jarbawi’s debut feature follows Ziad as he returns home after 15 years in an Israeli jail. Hailed as a hero, with high expectations to settle back quickly into work and love, he is lost in a world he barely recognises.

Effectively capturing this unsettling inability to distinguish reality from hallucination and the haunting of memory, Screwdriver immerses us in a distinctly Palestinian story while addressing the universal trauma of reintegration after incarceration.


Palestine/US/Qatar 2018 Dir Bassam Jarbawi 108 min

* = locally classified by the City of London Corporation

In recognition of Disabled Access Day on Sat 16 Mar, the Barbican and Human Rights Watch Film Festival have made this screening and its ScreenTalk accessible for the D/deaf and hard of hearing by providing BSL-interpretation and captioning for the ScreenTalk.

Fedeora Award for Best Film Nominee, Venice Film Festival, 2018
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, 2018

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