Palestinian Golden Globe Winner Urges Liberty

Winning the much coveted Golden Globe for best foreign language film, Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad has used his acceptance speech to call for an independent state for his people and an end to the injustices done by the Israeli occupation.

Palestinian Golden Globe Winner Urges Liberty

"[The prize is] a recognition that the Palestinians deserve their liberty and equality unconditionally," Assad told a host of Hollywood stars, including Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen, on Monday, January 16, reported Reuters.

The Palestinian filmmaker said he did not taken sides in his masterpiece "Paradise Now," but had tried to explain why two simple garage mechanics would be willing to kill themselves and others.

"I don't believe my film is controversial. It just shows something from a different side that we are all worried about," he told reporters backstage at the Globes.

On May 14 of every year, Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day which marks the creation of Israel on the rubble of Palestine and the bodies of the Palestinians.

Run since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the Golden Globe awards are given to motion pictures and television programs.

Winning the Globe gives "Paradise Now" a major boost for a possible Oscar nomination. No Palestinian film has ever been nominated to the most prestigious prize in the showbiz.

The film made its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2005, where it won the Blue Angel Award for Best European Film, the Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Prize and the Amnesty International Award for Best Film.

"[The prize is] a recognition that the Palestinians deserve their liberty and equality unconditionally," Assad said.


Assad said his film wants the viewer to understand the mind-set that produces such acts as bombings, mainly because of injustice done to Palestinians and peace impotence under Israeli occupation.

"The feeling of the impotence is so strong that they kill themselves and others to say, 'I am not impotent.' It is a very complex situation, but the overriding umbrella is the injustice situation."

The characters' words underlie that thought as they go through their daily lives in occupied territory, which the film presents as an airless, hermetically sealed prison.

"Under the occupation, we're already dead ... In this life we are dead anyway ... If we can't live as equals, at least we can die as equals" are typical refrains in the film.

"Paradise Now" tells the story of two young Palestinians as they embark upon what may be the last 48 hours of their lives.

The film shows their typical daily lives, which grind on Israeli rocket attacks and crushing poverty.

The two childhood friends have been preparing to blow themselves up in Israel for most of their lives but reconsider their actions at the end of the movie.

Assad wrote "Paradise Now" in 1999 and shot it in Nablus in 2004.

To make the movie, he had to dodge a missile attack from Israel plus skirt landmines and threats from some Palestinians.

Famed Israeli psychologist Yisrael Oran had underlined a stark difference between suicidal and "self-bombing" operations.

"The psychological incentive for committing suicide shows up as an internal unbearable pain and hopelessness the only way to stop is thought to be killing oneself," he said.

"But the "self-bomber" feels the only way to change the tough conditions others are inflicted by is to take it hard and give up his life as a last-ditch attempt to evade permanent threatening danger."



Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16