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
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.
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
Nine, three, two, five, six.
Great. Now the bottom...?
Three, one, nine, eight, seven.
(after a smile at Jamal)
And now Bassam...
As Jamal takes a lollipop from a jar, Bassam ambles toward
the doctor. Sits before the chart. The doctor covers Bassam’s
every single number is blurry. EVERYTHING.
squinting. Really, he’s just guessing.
Hassan stares at the chart with scorn. It’s the wrong number.
Hassan sighs in disappointment. Bassam starts to tear up.
That’s fine. Take your time.
Sit up straight.
Bassam straightens up. He wipes a tear from his eye. He
stares at the chart. The doctor points at a number.
Hassan sighs again. OFF BASSAM: SCARED AND ASHAMED.