‘For My Father’ is a deeply compelling take on the most dreaded crime around the world- suicide bombing.
The movie takes us into the convoluted mind of a suicide bomber, in an attempt to understand what makes an individual decide to give up his life, so that he can take the lives of millions of innocent and unsuspecting people. The central character of the movie is a young Arab man, Tarek (Shredi Jabarin), who aspires to be a famous footballer. After years of practicing the game, he gives it all up just when he’s one step away from attaining all that, he’s ever dreamt of. The reason behind this sudden transformation is his decision to be a part of a terrorist group, which convinces him to be a suicide bomber. Even though he isn’t sure that he wants to do it, he takes the horrific decision, believing that it is what his religion and community expects from him. Following the plan, he sets off on a journey from Tulkarem to Tel Aviv, knowing that the bomb glued to him will explode in the middle of the crowded Carmel Market. In an unexpected twist of events, the bomb fails to explode, and as Tarek realizes that it was nothing more than a dud, he’s torn between feelings of confusion and ecstasy. He gets a second chance at life, and being miles away from home, seeks shelter in the nearby village. That’s where he meets Katz, an elderly electrician who’s broken after the loss of his only son in the war. They develop a profound bond as Tarek opens his heart out to him, and Katz finds his deceased son in this stranger.
Tarek also meets Keren (Hili Yalon), a head strong woman who has broken free from the shackles of her conservative household, and is now exploring the world as a free spirit. Lay your eyes on For My Father movie to see how these relations help Tarek to rediscover the meaning of life.