Sunday, July 27, 2014

ADAMA Proposes Bilingual Cinematic Grace

ADAMA is a short piece that combines discussion of space and time with the notion of femininity as linked to the land.  This juxtaposition, of course, would seem either heavy-handed or simply bizarre, but the sparseness of the film prevents this.  It is as if we are transported to a timeless place, and the woman's journey encounters the encroachment of the settlement culture on the Palestinians, essentially drawing a paradigm wherein the old woman's fate is tied to the land, with obvious results. By putting the dirt in her satchel, she is trying to preserve the land itself from exploitation, but in the end cannot.

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