Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: ‘When I Saw You’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 3rd June 2013

Jacir’s portrayal of daily life is full of precise details which make it a joy to watch. Copies of Mao’s Little Red Book sit in the corners of tents, and the fedayeen discuss issues of class and religion. The excellent music (if ever a film warranted a soundtrack album, this is it) features both Palestinian resistance songs like Akka Prison and 1960s pop, including Cat Stevens’ international hit The First Cut Is The Deepest — which dates from Spring 1967. And when the fedayeen receive a crate of military boots, one asks if they are Belgian — a reference to the fact that, in the 1970s, Palestinians were called Baljikiyyah or Belgians by Jordanian soldiers, because their military kit was sent from Belgium, unlike the US gear of the Hashemite army.

The full article is here.

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