Paradise now
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  • The movie has very interesting characters, like Khaled, Said, Suha and Jamal
  • This film turned many a head by being the first Palestinian film to be nominated for the Academy award in the category of the best foreign film
  • We have to understand the hidden person in a terrorist, the situations which make him a terrorist and moreover instead of condemning such a great effort of Hany Abu-Assad I think we all should appreciate and admire his efforts

    • by Sachdeva
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      Terrorism has spread the world over. There is not a single place in the world where terrorism is unknown. To counter it, many steps have been taken, but all the steps to counter terrorism have not proved very affective, the world is reminded of the same by instances like, The London bombings, the world trade center being taken down and numerous other incidents. This goes to show our inability to counter terrorism. Many a movie has been released in this context. One such movie is Paradise now, which was released on February 14, 2005 and it was directed by Hany Abu-Assad. The movie reflects upon the sensitive relationship between Israel and Palestine. The movie is basically about terrorists who choose to blow themselves up for a cause or in other words who execute the suicide bombings. The movie has very interesting characters, like Khaled, Said, Suha and Jamal. Khaled and Jamal are childhood friends and share a good chemistry. They live in a town called Nablus. The most interesting character of the movie is without a doubt Said; he remains very serious and focused in the whole movie. Both Said and Khaled had no concrete work to do, so they engaged themselves in a garage

      and took care of the cars. This film turned many a head by being the first Palestinian film to be nominated for the Academy award in the category of the best foreign film. The film shows why people turn to terrorism, what are the various factors involved in transforming the people and making them do the unimaginable.

      Jamal meets Said to prepare him and his childhood friend Khaled to carry out suicide attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel. He said “We decided to answer the assassination of Abu Hazem and Um Jaber’s son who died in the bombings.” (Paradise now 2005). He motivates Said by saying “If you fear death, you are already dead.” (Paradise now 2005). Said had a good enough motive to carry out the suicide attacks, his father was a collaborator and worked for the Israelis, he was executed by them. He quotes “I was born in a refugee camp, life here is like imprisonment. The crimes of the occupation are countless; the worst crime of all is to exploit people’s weaknesses and to turn them into collaborators” (Paradise now 2005). He firmly believed that his father was a very good man but he was made weak by being a ...


      • collaborator by the Israelis. He wanted to send a loud and a clear message to the Israelis by giving up his life. Both he and Khaled prepared themselves for executing the task. Suha another important character in the movie gets to know about all this, she convinces Khaled to back out of this mission and he convinces his friend Said to do the same. Said plays a trick on Khaled, khaled returns to his handlers but Said goes on with the plan. With an explosive belt hanging on his body, he decides to get into a bus and blow the whole bus up but he restricts himself on seeing a kid in the bus. “If there is no security for us, there will be none for them either. There power does not help them” (Paradise now 2005). Said said these lines and these lines are a good enough indication of what exactly was going on in his mind. He had a motive of revenge, which is very dangerous and a very powerful one. The lesson to be learnt here is what turns these people to give up their lives; they love their life as much as we do. The circumstances make them do the unthinkable.

        The concluding scene of the movie sees Said in a bus full of Israeli soldiers and the screen suddenly turns white and it leaves the audience to decide what happened. Many more of such movies should be released in order to make the people aware why a normal person becomes a terrorist, unless we know the root cause of this, we will never be able to eradicate this evil from our society. The director is a Palestine himself and who better than him could have given us all a good picture of what’s Happening in that part of the country.

        This movie gave us all a lot to think about. Only more such movies can make a difference in our society. We have to understand the hidden person in a terrorist, the situations which make him a terrorist and moreover instead of condemning such a great effort of Hany Abu-Assad I think we all should appreciate and admire his efforts. It would be great to see more such movies in the future being appreciated and winning the Oscars




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