Tyrant script
Tyrant (2014)
Synopsis: Bassam "Barry" al-Fayeed, who has fully assimilated to living in America, is the son of a Middle Eastern dictator. Barry is a pediatrician in Los Angeles, but he and his family return to his native country, Baladi, for his nephew's wedding. It's his first visit in 20 years, but things don't go as planned. When his father dies suddenly, Barry and his family are embroiled in political upheaval and forced to stay in the country. A clash of cultures ensues as Barry is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth, which he had escaped by self-imposed exile.

HIS POV:

Across the street TWO MEN are are busy painting a 50 foot

portrait of President Hassan Al-Fahed on the entire side of a

building. Bassam’s slightly blurred vision resolves the

image:
the men have completed the leader’s strong-featured

face, wide narrow eyes, mustache - and JET BLACK hair.

ON BASSAM as he looks up at his father, HASSAN AL-FAHED, 40,

who is also looking out the window, studying his portrait.

He’s handsome enough, but that portrait across the street is

clearly a glamour shot. He turns to the mirror and looks --

his hair is GREY.

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Second row from the bottom.

Hassan turns to see what’s going on which brings us into -- A

WIDE ANGLE revealing we are in an optometrist's office. The

doctor covers the eye of Bassam’s older brother, JAMAL (13),

who wears a military uniform; in contrast to Bassam, he is

athletic, confident.

JAMAL:

Nine, three, two, five, six.

DOCTOR:

Great. Now the bottom...?

JAMAL:

Three, one, nine, eight, seven.

HASSAN:

Perfect.

DOCTOR:

(after a smile at Jamal)

And now Bassam...

11-27-12 4.

As Jamal takes a lollipop from a jar, Bassam ambles toward

the doctor. Sits before the chart. The doctor covers Bassam’s

left eye.

DOCTOR (CONT’D)

Top row.

Bassam’s POV:
every single number is blurry. EVERYTHING.

ON BASSAM:
squinting. Really, he’s just guessing.

BASSAM:

Three?

Hassan stares at the chart with scorn. It’s the wrong number.

HASSAN:

Five.

BASSAM:

Sorry.

Hassan sighs in disappointment. Bassam starts to tear up.

DOCTOR:

That’s fine. Take your time.

HASSAN:

Sit up straight.

Bassam straightens up. He wipes a tear from his eye. He

stares at the chart. The doctor points at a number.

BASSAM:

Eight...?

Hassan sighs again. OFF BASSAM: SCARED AND ASHAMED.

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Gideon Raff

Gideon "Gidi" Raff (born 1973) is an Israeli film and television director, screenwriter and writer. He is best known for the award-winning 2010 Israeli television drama series Prisoners of War (which he created, wrote and directed) and its acclaimed US adaptation, Homeland (for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012). more…

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