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: 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: 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

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

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 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

New review: ‘A World Not Ours’

ReOrient, 5th August 2013 Bassem – or ‘Abu Iyad’, as he is so called – is Fleifel’s best friend, nicknamed after the Fatah military commander assassinated by Israeli commandos in … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: Khaled Jarrar’s ‘Infiltrators’

Electronic Intifada, 6th July 2013 “Once I fell and broke my legs,” says one of the hundreds of workers who cross Israel’s wall in the West Bank each week. “Their … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Sea (the film, that is…)

Went to see The Sea this evening, screening as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It turned out to be the World Premiere of the movie, which meant a … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: Dor Guez at The Mosaic Rooms reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 18th April 2013 “We are a minority within a minority,” says one of the speakers in Watermelons about Christians in the Middle East. “Nobody would think twice if … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: Habibi

Electronic Intifada, 29th March 2013 More than 1,000 years ago, in the middle of the Arabian peninsula, Qays ibn al-Mulawwah fell in love with Layla bint Mahdi ibn Saad. He … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · 1 Comment