Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: On the Bride’s Side

Electronic Intifada, 7th April 2016 Tasnim, a Palestinian with German citizenship who had left Syria only a few months earlier and whose parents and grandparents were still in the Yarmouk … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

New review: Speed Sisters

Electronic Intifada, 23rd March 2016 Marah, with whom Betty maintains a sometimes bitter rivalry, comes from Jenin refugee camp but, contrary to the camp’s conservative image, is backed by her … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Reviewed: ‘Pinkwashing Exposed’ film

Electronic Intifada, 15th September 2015 In 2012, the Seattle LGBT Commission — a body which advises the city’s mayor and council on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues — announced … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Love, Theft and Other Entanglements…

Electronic Intifada, 20th July 2015 Mousa, played by Sami Metwasi, is a thief whose latest job is a vehicle which contains a gagged and bound Israeli soldier, something he finds … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘People Without a Land’

Electronic Intifada, 8th July 2015 There are a few contradicting voices, reminders of what believers in genuine “ethical coexistence” (Omar Barghouti’s phrase) are up against. The film opens with a … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Open Bethlehem

Electronic Intifada, 11th December 2014 As a set of street interviews which accompany the closing credits of Open Bethlehem show, plenty of people in the modern West have no idea … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘It’s better to jump’

Electronic Intifada, 16th April 2014 That attachment stems from the everyday experience of growing up and living in a town — its people, its alleyways, the ways that people make … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cats + Istanbul

So, my friend Peter Cherry tells me that there is a film coming out about cats and Istanbul – that is, two of my favourite things combined. I’m not sure … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Do-Gooders’ the movie

Electronic Intifada, 3rd February 2014 Ruthven is whisked off with “her own private PR woman and a jeep with tinted windows” to visit USAID programs. The water projects each cost … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Injustice

Yesterday’s ‘lawful killing’ verdict on Mark Duggan, shot by police in North London, sends a clear message: that the lives of black men in Britain today are still cheap, and … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: Kite-flying film shows Gaza’s kids grow old too soon

Electronic Intifada, 10th December 2013 In July 2010, approximately 7,500 children gathered on a beach at Seifa in northern Gaza to fly kites. They were aiming to beat their own … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘My Love Awaits Me by the Sea’

Electronic Intifada, 6 November 2013 In 2003, Hassan Hourani, a rising star of Palestinian art, drowned in the sea off Jaffa, aged just 29. Having trained in Baghdad, exhibited across … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: Palestinian artist John Halaka interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 30th August 2013 “I’ve faced quite a few problems, resistance to my work. In the US, if an artist makes work that addresses the Palestinian situation — and … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Though I know the river is dry’

Electronic Intifada, 28th August 2013 Though I Know The River Is Dry is a short (just shy of twenty minutes), atmospheric and elegant work by British/Egyptian filmmaker Omar Robert Hamilton. … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment