Friday, May 30, 2014

Dar Assadaqa student short I WANT TO WATCH THE FOOTBALL MATCH

This 8 minute short is so simple, yet it perfectly tackles IDF prisoner abuse issues, especially of minors, in a way that is succinct but not overly dramatic.  A boy asks his father to attend a football match, catches a lorry, and is pulled over midway through the trip by military police who rough them up and interrogate them.  The point that jumps out here is that these boys can act out these roles with minimal expertise and still seem, surprisingly, realistic.  But what less would you expect of an actor who has seen an Intifada?  Obeida "Spielberg" Afaneh puts together a pretty impressive first film as director, while Abdul Kareem Salahadin is extremely skilled in camera and editorial capacities.
One notion to contemplate here, also, is the notable intrusion of reality into the narrative, namely the example of the orange tips indicating the film prop guns are toys.  I certainly understand that logic, but it jumps out at me of late because of a recent shooting in California.  In this recent attack, a young man went mad and rampaged with a gun because of a self-destructive sense of entitlement combined with a dark strain of misogyny.  The director of this film is nicknamed after the most popular film maker in Hollywood whose films have dealt with overtly Jewish themes like the Shoah in SCHINDLER'S LIST and Israeli sovereignty in MUNICH.  Another recent shooting was perpetrated by a noted anti-Semite who targeted a Jewish community center building and ended up killing a few Gentiles before being taken away in a police car, howling "Heil Hilter!"  There is a connection, in the sense of international norms, surrounding guns and their role in human relations as objects of power and dominance.  This sort of behavior by the holder of the gun is one of dominance, exertion of power, a sense of controlling the targeted person(s).  It is far removed from the coordinates of nationalism or ideology and rather is based in a much lower instinct, linked to psycho-sexual elements where, in the view of some scholars, the weapon becomes an extension of libido and therefore violence takes on the coordinates of rape, functioning much in the same way that public executions and lynchings of African Americans did for generations past.  The links between sovereignty, legacy, and violence therefore come into a greater contrast with de-legitimating one's homeland, and therefore posterity, in the name of peace in brutally exploitative terms, terms based around garbage littering the streets and bandit-like behavior from armed officials.

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