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Bassam Jarbawi / Feature Narrative / Palestine, United States of America, Qatar / 2018 / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Action, Drama, Identity


Young Ziad is the star of the Jalazon Refugee Camp basketball team in Palestine. When his best friend is shot dead by Israeli forces, Ziad and his teammates attempt to assassinate an Israeli settler. Ziad is captured and imprisoned, then released 15 years later. ‘Screwdriver’ is a haunting psychological thriller that follows a hallucinating Ziad as he struggles to adjust to his chaotic new world. Ziad’s mental disorder halts his advances with two love interests – Salma, a young woman from the camp, and Mina, a Palestinian-American filmmaker. Ziad becomes suicidal when soldiers imprison a young basketball player; in the dead of night he hitches a ride that will return him to a more familiar life.


Bassam Jarbawi
Bassam Jarbawi
Shrihari Sathe
Production Company
Rimsh Film

About the Director

Born and raised in Palestine, Bassam Jarbawi began working as a photographer during the second Intifada. His photographs produced several exhibits and still documentary Frequency (2004). Bassam completed his B.A. in Communication and Political Science at Macalester College, and earned his M.F.A. in Screenwriting/Directing at Columbia University. During his studies at Columbia, he produced and directed short films and music videos in Palestine, the United States and Jamaica. His short film “Roos Djaj (Chicken Heads)” won Best Film at the Columbia University Film Festival, premiered at New York Film Festival, and won First Prize at Dubai’s International Film Festival.

Awards and Festival History


Venice FF 2018, Venice Days (WP)
TIFF 2018, Discovery
El Gouna FF 2018


"Best Film, Int’l Bosphorus FF 2018
Young Audience Award, CineMed 2018
Best Screenplay and the “Al-Nahar” newspaper awards, MALMO Arab FF 2019"


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    Yasmine Qaddumi

    Rimsh Film

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