Blessed Benefit

Inshallah Estafadit

MAHMOUD AL MASSAD
Jordan, 2016
83 minutes, Color, Digital
Official website

In this sly comedy, the middle-aged, scrawny, bespectacled Ahmad doesn't belong in prison. But when the quiet contractor and father of two is charged with fraud over an unfortunate business deal, things spiral out of control. The unreliability of his cousin and would-be savior leads to a comic series of miscommunications with the police and Ahmad's lawyer, landing our hero in prison. Ironically, once behind bars, he gradually feels something that he's never felt before — liberty. Ahmad discovers that prison has its own rhythms, its own rules, and its own economies — and he begins to carve out a position for himself, learning to make good in this place where fraud isn't a crime so much as a way of life. However, he also discovers that no matter which side of the bars he's on, events are guided by forces beyond his control.—Toronto International Film Festival

In Arabic with English subtitles

Oct. 20 screening will be followed by a reception

Co-presented with the Jordanian American Association of DC

Blessed Benefit

Inshallah Estafadit

MAHMOUD AL MASSAD
Jordan, 2016,
83 minutes, Color, Digital
Official website


In this sly comedy, the middle-aged, scrawny, bespectacled Ahmad doesn't belong in prison. But when the quiet contractor and father of two is charged with fraud over an unfortunate business deal, things spiral out of control. The unreliability of his cousin and would-be savior leads to a comic series of miscommunications with the police and Ahmad's lawyer, landing our hero in prison. Ironically, once behind bars, he gradually feels something that he's never felt before — liberty. Ahmad discovers that prison has its own rhythms, its own rules, and its own economies — and he begins to carve out a position for himself, learning to make good in this place where fraud isn't a crime so much as a way of life. However, he also discovers that no matter which side of the bars he's on, events are guided by forces beyond his control.—Toronto International Film Festival

In Arabic with English subtitles

Oct. 20 screening will be followed by a reception

Co-presented with the Jordanian American Association of DC


Friday, October 20
6:30 PM
$13.00   
Sunday, October 22
4:00 PM
$13.00   

Jordanian American Association of DC

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
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