Alternative Films to Watch this Oscar Season – Pt 1


by Shariq
28th January, 2009 at 12:43 am    

First of all, I’ll recommend the 2005 movie ‘Live and Become’ (Va, vis et deviens). As almost all of the Gaza threads have demonstrated, it seems people are still feeling extremely polarised.

‘Live and Become’ is a beautiful film which I think should and will be appreciated by people despite their political viewpoints. Its the story of a young boy whose mother manages to get him refuge in Israel, when Israel acknowledges a tribe of Ethiopian Jews and gives them citizenship.

Shlomo as he comes to be known, is adopted by a tolerant and liberal family. The film is about his coming of age, and while this would be captivating on its own, the movie also examines a number of issues about Israeli society in an honest and moving manner.

I think its right to be critical of Israel on the issue of Palestine. At the same time its really unfortunate that perfectly sensible and honest people like Bananabrain and Katy Newton feel so embattled, especially when Britain doesn’t have much influence or control on the matter.

I also know that while America has managed to turn around its image around by electing Obama, it won’t be as easy for Israel to do so by solving I/P. Although it doesn’t explicitly set out to do so, Live and Become is a reminder for those that need it, that there exists an Israel which is independent of I/P – with a lot of qualities and the capacity to change for the better. Lets hope that in the future, it gets the leaders it deserves.


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  1. Cyburn — on 28th January, 2009 at 11:38 am  

    Persepolis is also a good choice

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/

  2. shariq — on 28th January, 2009 at 11:52 am  

    For some reason I still haven’t seen Persepolis. Will try and check it out soon.

  3. Jai — on 28th January, 2009 at 2:59 pm  

    At the same time its really unfortunate that perfectly sensible and honest people like Bananabrain and Katy Newton feel so embattled,

    Given the amount of vitriol they’ve both had to deal with, especially the personal abuse and strawmanning which seems to have been aimed at Katy in particular, I really don’t blame them for feeling this way.

    It’s like what happens in real life when people with a grudge against Muslims find the nearest Asian person and start treating them like shit irrespective of the individual’s own personal character and religious/political views and indeed sometimes irrespective of whether the target they’re projecting their neuroses onto is actually a Muslim at all.

    especially when Britain doesn’t have much influence or control on the matter.

    I doubt this blog per se has much influence or control on the matter either, except perhaps as a forum to exchange information or views…..

    I also know that while America has managed to turn around its image around by electing Obama, it won’t be as easy for Israel to do so by solving I/P.

    The Obama Administration has selected a Middle East envoy who was heavily involved in addressing the problems in Northern Ireland, so hopefully he’ll be able to constructively play a part in resolving the I/P issue too.

  4. justforfun — on 28th January, 2009 at 3:34 pm  

    http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=iron_man_vs_the_imperialists

    I’ve read this , never new it was so heavy – and now I must go see “Iron Man”

    The plot will go over my son’s head, but I’ll be able to eat lots of popcorn.

    justforfun

    PS – jai – the man proping up the bar may have looked like you and had aviators on.

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