Recycle (Ea'adat Khalq)
There, Abu Amar, an ex-mujahid struggles to reconcile his faith and reality. But he faces setbacks at every turn as he is forced to collect cardboard in the streets of Zarqa, an occupation barely sustaining his family. As his situation deteriorates he has to make a radical decision to save himself from humiliation. Abu Amar found himself disillusioned with the chaos Afghanistan was left in during the 80's and tried to clear this confusion by writing a book on Jihad. However insightful and moderate, he has failed so far to publish his work. In the meantime his attempts to build a normal life in the impoverished town Zarqa are failing. While the locals share their insights on Al Zarqawi and the current situation in the Middle East, the effects of their constraining environment become clear as Abu Ammar heads towards a life-changing decision.
documentary, Mahmoud al Massad, 82 min, Jordan/ NL/ Germany/ France/ CH 2007, 35mm, Arabic with German ST
with Abu Ammar El Azzam, Ahmad Thaher, Abu Bakr El Azzam, Rashid Sulilma | Script and Camera Mahmoud Al Massad | Editing Majed Ameri | Sami Chekhes, Mahmoud al Massad | Sound Emad Ramahy | Sound Mix Geil van Gelaovn | Graphic Jasper Hesseling | Production Majdi el Hussiny | Director Mahmoud al Massad | Produced by iSee Film (Mahmpud al Massad) in association with Jo Image (Omar Massad) and mec film (Irit Neidhardt)
from the press
A delightfully simple documentary of large resonance. (Variety)
Unpredictable and open-minded, Mahmoud al-Massad's film is not just a portrait of a conflicted man but a counterweight to overly polarized views of Islamic communities in the Middle East. (Screen Daily)