Ziad Bakri gives an intense, brooding performance as Ziad, who has spent all his adult life in prison for a bungled act of revenge in the name of a friend who was killed by Israeli settlers. Upon release, he returns to his refugee camp home in Ramallah, where he is greeted as a hero. But Ziad is a mess: withdrawn, bitter, racked by guilt and suffering from PTSD. He’s bewildered by a new world of mobile phones, iced lattes and hipster bars; and baffled when a Palestinian-American filmmaker (Yasmine Qaddumi) approaches him to take part in her documentary. Jarbawi’s taut screenplay balances suspense, politics, romance and surprising comedy, as Ziad reckons with his trauma, his loneliness and his place in the struggle.
Bellbird Dining and Bar has created a special meal to complement the films that are screened as part of the Sydney Film Festival.
The meal for Screwdriver is a mezze platter with falafel, babaganoush, kofta, chicken kebabs, tabouli, labne and crispy bread. ($18) The vegetarian meal for Screwdriver is a mezze platter with falafel, babaganoush, tabouli, labne and crispy bread. ($18)
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