Paradise Now, by Director Hany Abu-Assad

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It is hard to overlook the oppression that faces Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied territories. Every street is littered with garbage, and walls are covered in grafitti. For citizens there, every day is a struggle to survive and violence is a constant threat. In contrast to the modernized and prosperous cities in Israel, the occupied territories are rural and tyrannized. The helplessness that Palestinians feel as a result of this situation often serves as a justification for bombings. Although a major component of this conflict is religion, the difference in beliefs in the Middle East is not the sole reason for Palestinian resistance and violence. Instead, each person is motivated to fight for freedom in a unique way. For some, the occupation has causes issues and deaths of family or close friends. Others simply feel that it is their duty to fight for independence. No matter the reason, each freedom fighter feels that their actions are justified by the problems that the occupation has bestowed upon them. In Hany Abu-Assad’s Paradise Now, two Palestinian men are are chosen to commit a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel. Using the two men as examples, Abu-Assad demonstrates the distinct effects that each man feels in Israeli occupied territories. Hany Abu-Assad has experienced the oppression of the Israeli occupation first hand, and in Paradise Now, he uses long shots to show the overall injustice of the situation and close-up shots to show how single people are trapped by unique circumstances. Two of the major shots that Hany Abu-Assad uses in Paradise Now are close-up shots and long shots. A close up shot is defined as “a shot in which the subject is larger than the frame, revealing much ... ... middle of paper ... ...aradise Now" amid Israeli Rockets." Interview by Igal Avidan. Qantara.de. 2005. Web. 22 Feb. 2014. . Armes, Roy. Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East: A Dictionary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2010. Print. Armstrong, Richard B. The Rough Guide to Film. London: Rough Guides, 2007. Print. Boustan, Raʻanan S. Violence, Scripture, and Textual Practices in Early Judaism and Christianity. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Print. "Hany Abu-Assad - Biography." IMDb. IMDb.com. Web. 2 Feb. 2014. "Movie Terminology Glossary." IMDb. IMDb.com. Web. 2 Feb. 2014. Paradise Now. Dir. Hany Abu-Assad. Perf. Kais Nashef and Ali Suliman. Warner Independent Pictures, 2005. DVD. White, Hilary. Magill's Cinema Annual, 2006: A Survey of the Films of 2005. Detroit: Gale Group, 2006. Print.

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