INT. EYE DOCTOR CLINIC, WAITING ROOM - DAY [FLASHBACK]
The door opens. Hassan leads the way, followed by Jamal,
sucking a lollipop. Bassam is next, wearing thick glasses,
eyes red from crying, and the Doctor follows them out.
Bassam! You forgot yours!
The doctor plucks a red lollipop from a bowl. Bassam smiles,
runs back and retrieves it, hurries back to Hassan’s side.
You think you deserve a reward?
Bassam looks up at his father -- and then slowly shakes his
head. He hands the lollipop to Jamal who takes it willingly,
and gives Bassam a cruel teasing smile. OFF BASSAM: SAD/MAD.
EXT. ASIMA STREET - DAY [FLASHBACK]
Hassan, the boys and the bodyguards exit toward the brown
Mercedes Benz parked out front, a pair of military jeeps
parked on either side of it. A column of ARMED SOLDIERS stand
by the vehicles, keeping the gathering crowd at a distance.
Hassan waves and smiles at the curious crowd gathered. Jamal
imitates his father and waves as well. The crowd cheers.
Bassam seems a little ill at ease with the attention. He
tries the tiniest wave, not even lifting his arm above his
waist; walks on.
A 35-year-old SHIITE with a beard and no mustache jumps out
of the crowd, runs towards Hassan -- the guards yell -
STOP! STOP HIM!
-- but he raises his hand which we now see, is attached to a
WIRE. The bodyguards scramble for their weapons -
STOP HIM! Death to the tyrant!
He presses the button --EXPLOSION. Blinding light. Falling
clouds of debris -- blood in the air -- dust. Then SILENCE.
CRIES OF AGONY: and we gradually FADE IN ON -
SHATTERED GLASS AND DEBRIS everywhere. Body parts. Mayhem.
All of it slightly slow, as if happening in a dream...