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.

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.

DOCTOR:

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.

HASSAN:

You think you deserve a reward?

11-27-12 5.

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 -

GUARDS:

STOP! STOP HIM!

-- but he raises his hand which we now see, is attached to a

WIRE. The bodyguards scramble for their weapons -

GUARDS (CONT’D)SHIITE

STOP HIM! Death to the tyrant!

He presses the button --EXPLOSION. Blinding light. Falling

clouds of debris -- blood in the air -- dust. Then SILENCE.

Then:
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...

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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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