I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic
A friend of a friend, a young Syrian film-maker called Bassel Shehade, was killed in the city of Homs yesterday. As that intermediary friend put it, ‘it is a terrible loss for Syria and for the world. It’s absolutely terrifying’. How does one pay tribute to a martyred film-maker, who was there in danger because he returned from his scholarship in the USA to document what was happening to his country? I guess one goes to his work – in this case a moving and beautiful little film based on an interview with a survivor of Israel’s 2006 bombing of Lebanon.