Ahmad, a construction worker gets tangled up in an unfortunate business deal leading him to prison. He meets fraudster Ibrahim, who ruins his last hope to prove his innocence. Ahmad is awakened by the realization that life in prison might be better than the one that he has on the outside.
On a blazing hot day during the month of Ramadan, Ahmad, a 36 year old construction worker, is arrested for using a client’s down-payment to help his cousin, Abu Wafa in a deal of 10 brand new Macintosh laptops hoping to make a small profit from it in a matter of three days. Due to custom procedures the imported laptops are not released in time. Unable to do the job neither pay the money back, Ahmad is sentenced to four months in prison for fraud.
On his way into the police station, Ahmad meets Ibrahim, a professional fraudster, who is on his way out of prison after a two-year sentence. While in prison, Ahmad becomes worried about his family and is desperate to find a way out as soon as possible. When Abu Wafa tells him that the laptops will be cleared from customs and his debt repaid soon, Ahmad is convinced he will get out and spend “Alfitir” at home with his wife and kids. When the laptops are finally released, Abu Wafa advertises them in the newspapers for a quick sale. Ibrahim sees no better catch than this ad and manages to take the laptops. When Ahmad hears the news, he realizes that his last hope to be released is shattered. Meanwhile, his family’s financial situation is only getting worse.
Where food and drink is not a worry, new friendships struck, no cellphones ringing, far away from any obligation of the outside world, day by day Ahmad feels something that he’s never felt before – liberty. In fact, half way through his sentence his biggest worry is losing this liberty when released. And above all that, having to deal with a bigger debt.
But Abu Wafa has good news, at last Ahmad will get his money back as the police arrested Ibrahim and found one laptop left from the ten. After Abu Wafa tries to recover the laptop, he discovers that Policeman Salem is temporarily holding the laptop for his personal use.
While Ahmad is transported home in a police car, Policeman Salem receives a call from his wife informing him that their house has been robbed including the laptop.
|MAHER KHAMMASH||El Mor|
|ODAI HIJAZI||Abu Wafa / Ahmad’s Cousin|
|MAHMOUD AL MASSAD||Ibrahim|
09.09.2016 in Toronto, Internationales Film Festival
Festivals / Preise (Auswahl):
Toronto International Film Festival / Canada / Discovery or World Cinema, 2016
Warsaw International Film Festival / Poland / International Competition, 2016
– NETPAC Preis für bester asiatischer Film
– Special Jury Award für den Hauptdarsteller Ahmad Thaler
BUSAN International Film Festival / South Korea / A Window on Asian Cinema, 2016
Valladolid International Film Festival / Spain / Meeting Point Competition, 2016
MedFilm Festival / Italy / International Competition, 2016
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival / Estonia / Panorama, 2016
13. Dubai International Film Festival / UAE / International Competition, 2016