dir. Mahmoud al Massad, The Netherlands/Germany/Jordan, 2007, 90 mins
Screening times
May 8 19:00, Iluzjon
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What makes a terrorist in Zarqa, Jordan’s second largest city with close to 1,000,000 people, it is a much-debated question. Zarqa was the birthplace of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia before being killed by American forces in 2006. Many in town knew al Zarqawi, and Zarqa continues to be a source of new recruits to jihad. With inspired cinematography and remarkable access, Jordanian/Palestinian filmmaker Mahmoud al Massad charts the daily life of an Islamic man in one of Zarqa’s poorest neighbourhoods, revealing the rhythms of Jordanian life against the backdrop of the ‘war on terrorism’ that reaches into the living rooms of many Muslim families.


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