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Driving to Zigzigland

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Year of participation 2008
Program Non-competition Programs

Driving to Zigzigland
Producer(s) Philippe Diaz, Najwa Mubarki, Anas Khalaf, Rosario Ballivian
Director(s) Nicole Ballivian
Script Nicole Ballivian
Director of Photography Tarin Anderson, Mounis Abushilbayeh
Music by Marcel Khalife
Sound Jeremy Thorn
Edit Michael Adelmann, Scott Inbody, Charles Ryan
Cast Bashar Da’as, George Ibrahim, Amber Kendrella, Stephen Caldwell, Raul Rodriguez
Production company(-ies) BintFilm, US
 

Synopsis

A chronicle of a day in the life of a Palestinian cab driver in Los-Angeles, Driving To Zigzigland portrays the social struggle of the Arab immigrant in post-9/11 America. A film audition typecasts Bashar to play an Al Qaeda terrorist role. The utilities are due and Bashar has twenty four hours to make the money. For the remaining hours left until tomorrow, an unceasing flow of passengers ride in Bashar’s taxi and give the Arab cabbie the run around on issues that deal with suicide bombers, George Bush, Cat Stevens, the war in Iraq, music, and world geography. Bashar’s quest to make the money is won until he realizes he has to choose between the Department of Homeland Security and his family. The film is shot in Los Angeles and Palestine and based on true stories.

Awards
Russian Cinematographers and Film Critics Award (International Festival of Muslim Cinema, Kazan, Russia 2007), Best Feature Film, Best Actor (Amal Film Festival, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 2007), Arabian Sights Audience Award (FilmFest DC, Washington DC, USA 2007)

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