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by Mahmoud al Massad


Ahmad, a construction worker, is arrested for using a client's down payment to help his cousin in a deal involving 10 brand-new laptops and the hopes to make a small profit from it. Due to customs procedures, the imported laptops are not released in time. Unable to do the job or pay the money back, Ahmad is sentenced to three months in prison for fraud. Far from all the obligations of the outside world, where food and drink are not a worry, where new friendships are struck, and where no cell phones are ringing, Ahmad gradually feels something that he's never felt before – liberty. Halfway through his sentence his biggest worry becomes losing this liberty after his release and, above all, having to deal with a bigger debt…

international title: Blessed Benefit
original title: Inshallah Estafadit
country: Jordan, Germany, Netherlands
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Mahmoud al Massad
film run: 83'
screenplay: Mahmoud al Massad
cast: Ahmad Thaher, Maher Khammash, Odai Hijazi, Nadeem Rimawi, Mahmoud al Massad
cinematography by: Georges Mihelis
film editing: Mahmoud al Massad, Wouter van Luijn, Simon El Habre, Petar Marković
art director: Firas Taybeh
producer: Mahmoud al Massad, Thanassis Karathanos, Julius Ponten, Dima Hamdallah
production: Twenty Twenty Vision, Habbekrats, Jo Image [JO]
backing: Eurimages

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Toronto International Film Festival 2016 
Warsaw Film Festival 2016 

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