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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.

DARKNESS. WE HEAR CHAOS: DISTANT GUNFIRE: ARABIC SHOUTS: THEN

FIVE GUNSHOTS:
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! SMASH CUT TO -

INT. AL-FAHED RESIDENCE, BEDROOM - NIGHT

BARRY:
CLOSE: he’s 40, beaded with sweat, wide awake in his

bed, lying motionless on his back, staring up at the ceiling.

His wife, MOLLY, sleeps peacefully by his side with one arm

laying across him affectionately. Barry, finally having had

enough of being awake, sighs, gently sets her arm aside, and

reaches over to the end table and grabs his GLASSES -- as he

does so, we notice a SCAR on his hand. He sits up on the side

of the bed, puts the glasses on and checks the time -4:32 --

and reaches for A WEDDING INVITATION on the bedside table.

ON THE WEDDING INVITATION

It’s decorated in gold and green. Tacky but expensive. Those

of us who can’t read the elaborate ARABIC cursive on one side

of the invitation can read the ENGLISH on the mirror side:

“The Honorable General Jamal Al-Fahed requests your presence

at the wedding of his son, Major Ahmed...”

ON BARRY:

As he sighs at the infernal invitation and gets out of bed.

INT. AL-FAHED RESIDENCE, HALLWAY - NIGHT

Barry, now dressed for a jog, quietly closes the bedroom door

behind him. He holds running shoes in his hands.

He walks past a door with a POSTER OF NICKI MINAJ on it, and

a homemade stenciled-spray-painted sign that reads: A WOMAN

WITHOUT A MAN IS LIKE A FISH WITHOUT A BICYCLE. He smiles.

He cracks the door slightly and peeks in and sees:

INT. EMMA’S ROOM - NIGHT

Books everywhere. A poster of LADY GAGA and under it, on the

bed, EMMA, 17, zaftig but cute, wrapped in a blanket, asleep.

A copy of “VAGINA” by Naomi Wolf on her pillow, her hipster

glasses half off her face. Barry walks over, gently takes off

her glasses, sets the book aside, covers her; takes a moment

to look at her with appreciation for her willful spirit --

11-27-12 2.

INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT

Barry quietly shuts the door: and walks over to a door on the

other side. He opens the door and looks in and sees -

INT. SAMMY’S ROOM - NIGHT

A total jock’s room. Posters of athletes, and evidence of an

athletic life strewn everywhere. A single sized bed against

the wall. On it, SAMMY, 15, handsome, well-built, with his

father’s olive skin, sleeps naked under the sheets. Barry

walks to the bed and squats down close to Sammy’s face.

BARRY:

Sammy. Wanna go for a run?

Sammy opens his eyes: like his Mom’s: blue. A heartbreaker.

SAMMY:

...huh?

BARRY:

I’m going out for a run. Wondered

if maybe you wanted to come with.

SAMMY:

...what TIME is it?

BARRY:

A little after five.

SAMMY:

Are you crazy?

Sammy turns onto his other side. OFF BARRY: AH WELL.

INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT

Barry sits on a chair and finishes lacing up his sneakers. He

gets up to leave and as he does he magnets the INVITATION to

the fridge. He stares at it balefully, as if it’s trapping

him, crushing him, and WE PUSH IN ON BARRY -- SMASH CUT TO -

EXT. ASIMA STREET - DAY [FLASHBACK, 1979]

A brown Mercedes Benz parked at the entrance to a three story

building. Two military jeeps park on either side of it. It’s

a convoy. SIX ARMED GUARDS stand by the vehicles.

11-27-12 3.

Across the street TWO MEN are busy painting a 50 foot

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

building. They’ve completed his strong featured face, his

wise narrow eyes, his mustache -- his hair is JET BLACK.

SUPER:
ASIMA, 1979.

INT. EYE DOCTOR CLINIC, ASIMA - DAY [FLASHBACK]

BASSAM (11) is slightly chubby, nerdy, squints out the 3rd

floor window. SUPER: ASIMA, 1979. Then, we see what he sees -

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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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