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The Contestant

USA, 2002 (MIFF 2002, Fiction)

Director: David Franklin

Danny is about to appear on a quiz show. Despite having a Palestinian wife, he is more interested in regurgitating trivia than in the unfolding events in the Middle East. When he inadvertently insults his Palestinian barber, the barber wreaks an exacting and clever revenge.

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