Free film screening as part of the Arab Film Festival
Mohammed Bakri, a renowned Arab-Israeli actor and director, visits the grave of his mentor, the late Palestinian writer and politician Emil Habibi (1921-96), to share with Habibi what has happened since his death. In the course of this autobiographical documentary, which incorporates archival news footage, personal testimony, and his own performances, Bakri chronicles the worst that has happened since Habibi has been gone, such as the events that led up to the Second Intifada, and the invasion of Jenin. But as Bakri tries to continue his creative work and spread his ideas of reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis, two events change the course of his life and profoundly shake his beliefs: the Meron terror attack, in which two of his nephews were charged and convicted; and the outcry in Israel against his film Jenin Jenin (2003), which was initially banned by the government. Ultimately, this complex and compelling film oscillates between pessimism and anger at the status quo, and faint glimmers of hope about possible futures: Bakri returns often to Habibi's life and work for inspiration, and in his relationship with his Jewish friend and lawyer, offers a sense of what cohabitation and mutual respect can be like.
Director: Mohamed Bakri
Palestine/Israel, 2006, 58 minutes
This screening is part of the Arab Film Festival. For details on the festival, please visit www.aff.org
Sponsor(s): Arab Film Festival, University of Southern California
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