Wednesday, April 26, 2006
A couple of weeks ago, I finally got the chance to watch Paradise Now, a much debated controversial movie about two childhood friends who are recruited for a suicide bombing mission in Tel Aviv.
It's a powerful movie, with great acting (both leading men, Kais Nashef in the role of Said and Ali Suliman as Khaled were extremely good. The "love interest" character however, played by Lubna Azabal, got on my nerves for some reason. And her weird accent, a mix of Palestinian and Moroccan was incomprehensible. Good thing we had subtitles).
The most fascinating part about the movie was seeing the whole preparation process before the two men go on their suicide mission. It really made me want to understand what must be going through these two men's minds as they are getting the explosive devices strapped around their chests. And it boggles my mind that people can be so convinced about a cause, that they would be willing to go through with such an act.
Of course, I do not condone suicide bombings, I think that putting our efforts towards a peaceful agreement is a better option, as opposed to killing innocent people. Easier said than done of course.
Nevertheless, if you do manage to get a hold of Paradise Now, watch it.