Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

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

Review: The Freedom Theatre perform ‘The Siege’

Electronic Intifada, 2 June 2015 The setting for The Siege is the interior of the church itself, skilfully evoked with a specially-constructed set in which smoke, ornate hanging lamps, tiled … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

New review: ‘Garden State’ at the Mosaic Rooms

Electronic Intifada, 28 May 2015 But the images also have a larger narrative; the Carmel forest — insofar as any landscape in an inhabited region is “natural” — is not … Continue reading

June 2, 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

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

‘Head over Heels in Saudi Arabia’ at Edinburgh Fringe

Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia is a one-woman show by Maisah Sobahi, in her day-job a lecturer at a university in Jeddah and now the first ever Saudi performer … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · 1 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

New article: ‘Poets of Protest’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 28th February 2013 “All revolutions begin as poetry. Poetry and protest are inseparable twins,” says Yehia Jaber. He should know. A former fighter whose memories include patrolling the … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: London’s P21 gallery and the ‘Refractions’ show

Electronic Intifada, 5th February 2013 Even more shocking, perhaps, is [Laila Shawa‘s] video work “Gaza Fashion Week,” which shows a woman clad in a jilbab (a loose-fit coat) and headscarf … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: Hassan Blasim’s ‘The Iraqi Christ’ reviewed

ArabLit, 4th January 2013 “It is possible to whistle through these stories, enjoying their dry wit, breakneck pace and wildly careening references as they veer from 1001 Nights to Real … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · Leave a comment