Muhr Awards Competition
Germany, Jordan, Netherlands, U.S.A. / 2007 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 80 minutes
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Disillusioned by his experience of the chaos created by the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980s, Abu Ammar -husband of two, father of eight, and former mujahadeen soldier - faces repeated setbacks as he struggles to reconcile his faith and the politicised reality of the Middle East. Forced to collect cardboard for recycling plants from the streets of Zarqa, Jordan - an occupation that barely sustains his family - his situation deteriorates until he is forced to make a radical decision to save himself and his family from humiliation. He attempts to resolve his confusion by writing a moderate, insightful book on Jihad. Drawing on 20 years of research, his book is never published. Try as he might, he can't seem to build a normal life in the town from which Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, hails. As locals share information, thoughts and feelings on Zarqawi and the Middle East, Abu Ammar hurtles towards life-changing consequences.



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