Magazine article New Internationalist

Paradise Now

Magazine article New Internationalist

Paradise Now

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Films

Paradise Now

directed by Many Abu-Assad

Don't let the title mislead you. This is a film about a disconcerting, sickening act - a suicide bombing of a bus - but these bombers aren't religious fanatics, their motivations aren't alien or easily dismissed. Far from it. The great power of this film, from Dutch-Palestinian director Abu-Assad, is to show how complex, shifting and uncertain the bombers' motivations are. They are, at one and the same time, down to earth and pressing; personal, even banal, and altruistic.

The film, the first feature shot on the West Bank, conveys a sense of hopelessness and fatigue, of the dominating presence of occupation, and the overriding question - how to end it. Said and Khaled, lifelong friends living in a refugee camp, want to fight back, and given Israel's massive superiority in weapons and technology, see no strategic military alternative to suicide bombing. …

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