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Neither Paradise Now nor War Within defends suicide bombers but instead each wants the viewer to understand the mind-set that produces such acts - because, as Abu-Assad says, to understand is a first step forward.Ahh, but what if the actual mindset is so abhorrent that your average everyday filmgoer could never relate to it? Because, without a doubt, this film has been sanitised and spun in the only way you can imagine,
“Paradise Now” was largely filmed in Nablus and it is a product of the atmosphere of intimidation that has become a feature of every day life in the autonomous Palestinian territories. Thus, the manuscript had to be submitted to the terrorist militias (Jerusalem Post, 27 September 2005). It is hardly surprising that a movie filmed under such circumstances would avoid any principled argument against the killing of Israelis.Dear Mr Hamas thug, is this film OK for me to publish? Thus we get
Thirdly, as Alan Posener has noted, “Paradise Now” abstracts from the immediate results of the bombing: “Women without abdomens, men without heads, children without arms and legs, blood and entrails on the seats, burned pieces of flesh everywhere. None of that: after a close-up of Said’s eyes, the screen becomes completely bright and white and pure”I seem to recall this technique being used by Michael Moore in portraying the 9/11 attacks. Sort of like the ends don't justify the means, so if we don't show the ends then we need not justify the means, just wishy-wash over them.
The film’s action, especially the dialogs and discussions between the main characters, portrays the conflict between two positions. First position:So Blues Brothers eh? We have both kinds of music, country AND western. Or, we have two ways to deal with the Evil Joos (tm)...
The Israelis are criminal occupiers who oppress the Palestinians. They must be combated with assassination and force.
The Israelis are criminal occupiers who oppress the Palestinians. They must be combated with peace activists’ non-violent demonstrations.
The film leaves open which of the two positions is the right one. The only thing certain in the film is the guilt and malice of the Israelis, the “occupiers”.
He says his film doesn't impose a point of view but instead tries to show "something invisible and that has never been done before."You know, I'm quite happy with a film that imposes a point of view. It is far more honest than pretending to show a neutral view that is in actual fact anything but. At least with a biased view you have the cards on the table and the ability to judge for yourself, without having to see through to what the maker is deliberately hiding.