THE ATTACK tells the story of Amin Jaafari, an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. His picture perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth.
About the filmmaker:
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Ziad Doueiri grew up during the country’s Civil War. He left Lebanon at 20 and studied in the United States, graduating in 1986 with a degree in Film from San Diego State University.
Ziad worked as an assistant camera and a camera operator in Los Angeles from 1987 to 1997 on numerous films including Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown.”
In 1998 Ziad wrote and directed his first feature film WEST BEIRUT, which earned him critical acclaim and numerous awards at festivals around the world. His second feature was “LILA SAYS” a critical hit which played at Sundance among other festivals.
In addition to his film work, in 2005 Ziad directed the “Immigrant” episode from Season 1 of the award winning and Golden Globe nominated Showtime series “Sleeper Cell.”
In 2012, Ziad directs THE ATTACK a feature film based on Yasmina Khadra’s international bestseller of the same name.