This movie was nominated for best foreign Picture award at the 2018 Academy Awards and might have won an Oscar
although I personally think the scripting is so poor and biased against Arabs in the region seeing them as pitted
against one another in senseless fashion given the language used by one to attack the other early on in the
movie, that I personally would have had the making of this movie banned were I in charge of matters in Lebanon
where this movie was shot apparently, we are told.
The language I speak of, hard to fathom in any way to my sensibilities on the matter, is having a man of
Lebanese origins attack a man from Palestine (a fellow arab certainly - with shared history common bonds
and in fact indistinguishable roots generally speaking) telling him, get this - that he wished "Ariel Sharon
had wiped out all Palestinians" - Incredible to have such words uttered by a man who should know better
and I for one believe that if it weren't scripted for a movie part, such words would never appear in the realm of
possibilities on the planet - let alone Lebanon where such fine people come from as I have met over the years.
For those unaware of who Sharon was, (he's dead now), I'd like to quote from wikipedia as found a moment ago:
According to wikipedia:
Ariel Sharon was the Israeli Defence Minister at the time Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982. An official enquiry found
that he bore "personal responsibility" for the Sabra and Shatila massacre [in Lebanon] and recommended that he be
removed as Defense Minister. His role in the massacre led to him being known as the "Butcher of Beirut" among Arabs.
The script, therefore suggests that a man with this reputation of being a "war criminal" even as determined
and agreed to by men of conscience in Israel too (as the wikipedia article reads as quoted above)
could be used in a sentence in such a manner by a man of Lebanon in command of his senses supposedly. I think not.
This movie belongs ultimately in the trash as meant to cause harm to the spirit of kinship among good and
decent folks of Arab descent who I believe could never stoop so low in their disagreements with one another
as to back a "Sharon" again't a fellow member of the Arab family I am certain and believe wholeheartedly
having known many such people during my life and having seen their kindship with one another during my
years growing up where I did. (Some arabs did settle in East Africa, primarily on the island of Zanzibar
So the lawsuit against this Palestinian man, who in my own view couldn't be blamed for striking
out physically against such a harmful assault to his humane sensibilities should certainly have
gone free rather than being sued - a case which was tried in two levels of courts in this movie
ultimately before a verdict we could all agree with could be rendered.
The woman playing defence counsel (who is from the region I believe) is completely
credible in my view as a woman of the highest integrity and moral understanding
with wisdom all could benefit from I daresay! Beautiful soul and spirit in my own regard
of the situation I say.
The opposing counsel was a man given to flights of fancy as to what are legitimate arguments
he could suppose to offer and indulge in for moment at a time, swinging from one end to the other
in his ideas seemingly, and ultimately seeming to have no real moral basis of legitimacy for most of
what he said in support of his client as scripted. I say he can do better, however he clearly needs
guidance as to what principles have merit in such situations as this.
It is clear that some personalities can become pigheaded and unreasonable in their
demands, positions, and ultimate intentions in matters at hand such as this, especially
in how the movie starts out. Such men shouldn't taint an entire peoples and should be
sidelined from decision making affecting the area or in stirring up hatreds in the region
generally speaking in any way which is not justified speech intended to bring an end to
injustices in a humanly conscionable manner - without threatening the world at large
and innocent folk that have no ideas to be of harm personally. On the other hand,
I think its mainly the script that taints the man "Tony" in this way, I think he's a better
man than that and this I choose to believe with all my heart forever more amen.
all our nicest folks in the mideast
Michael Rizzo Chessman