Shatter Hassan



An Arab fairy tale goes awry in the Netherlands when the invincible hero “Hassan-the-Smart” becomes a nameless junkie. The director (in a voice-over and through the nostalgic images of Amsterdam) projects his feelings of being lost in this fairy tale character. Eventually, the narrative becomes the story of the director trying to retrieve his lost childhood by attempting to come to terms with the sense of belonging nowhere. It is a story about being homeless in a city, being far away from home, having lost your own country, your culture, your roots, your identity.


Mahmoud Al Massad -- 40' (Jordan/Netherlands: 2001)