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Mahmoud al Massad
Bashir Mammon Mraish,
Saeb Abu Alragheb
In a place where extremes are raised, a tough choice has to be made. An ex-mujahideen 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 where Iraq Al Qaiada leader Al Zarqawi grew up 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 heads towards a life-changing decision. Recycle is a documentary with an insider's view on the ... Written by
Like a bit player who never quite made the big time, Abu Ammar, a former mujahadeen, lives in the shadow of his Zarqa, Jordan homeboy, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. While the superstar terrorist is busy making international headlines, part-time Islamic scholar Ammar spends his days in an endless search for rusted parts for his barely running pick-up, cardboard for the recycling plant and camel's milk for its supposed healing properties.
A well crafted film, directed with a deft touch by Mahmoud Al Massad, it's serious in tone but filled with surprising humor. Dhafer Youseef's lyrical score gets to the heart of a reserved, complicated man.
San Francisco International Film Festival, May 2008.
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