What if the freedom that you’ve always craved resides in the place you least expect? In the new film “Blessed Benefit,” 45-year-old construction worker Ahmad (Ahmad Thaher) is arrested for fraud after using a client’s down payment to help his cousin sell 10 brand-new laptops. While he waits in prison for his debt to be repaid, he worries about his family and their financial situation, but soon realizes he feels liberated in prison as all of his material concerns are taken care of by the institution. Now, his new worry is that he’ll lose the liberty thrust upon him. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
The film is directed by Mahmoud al Massad. He previously directed two feature-length documentaries: “Recycle,” which follows an ex-mujahadi fighter struggling to make a living in Jordan, and “This Is My Picture When I Was Dead,” a free-form profile of Bashir Mraish, son of assassinated PLO fighter Mamoun Mraish, who was almost killed as a 4-year-old along with his father. “Blessed Benefit” is his first fiction film.
“Blessed Benefit” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. International sales will be handled by Beta Cinema.