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Five Broken Cameras at the Academy Awards

Five Broken Cameras, a Palestinian-Israeli-French production, is a contender in this year’s Academy Awards, in the category of Best Documentary Feature.  Nothing would be more cause for celebration that a win for this extraordinary film, especially as one of its … Continue reading

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Gaza returns…

Today’s Mondoweiss carried a beautiful, defiant excerpt from Mahmoud Darwish, Silence for Gaza, translated by Sinan Antoon and used with his permission.  The Arabic original is from Hayrat al-`A’id (The Returnee’s Perplexity), Riyad al-Rayyis, 2007: We do injustice when we … Continue reading

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The Broken Cameras of Emad Burnat

There’s a brief scene in Five Broken Cameras where Gibreel, the boy, is seated in the barber’s chair.  A large black and white collar is wrapped around him, beginning at his neck and covering his small body. The razor begins … Continue reading

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First loves: The theatre, the streets

On Tuesday, only hours before the infamous police raid,  I was at Occupy Boston, in Dewey Square in our city’s bustling, towering financial district. There were tents and speakers and music and posters; I even caught sight of an activist–that’s … Continue reading

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Vision in Al-Khalil (Hebron)

Today, we are in al-Khalil (Hebron).  The weather is simply stunning–clear sky, a determined wind, and cool weather which takes your breath away so light is its touch. And nothing else is as beautiful as the climate here–well, perhaps the … Continue reading

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Cupped hands

Every place here—from the checkpoints, to the classrooms, to the streets—is a mixture of two contradictory impulses.  On the one hand, everything matters here, and matters deeply for the entire population is in a state of double occupation.  Every action … Continue reading

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