Watching this film, I got mixed feelings. Should I consider it refreshing to watch Edward Said narrating this exceptional film? Should I feel nostaligic seeing Ibrahim Abul Lughod, a man who was a close family friend and used to bring me gifts when I was about 6 years old, alive and talking in this film? Or should I consider it depressing to know that the current reality hasn’t changed at all during the last 14 years?
“In Search of Palestine - Edward Said’s Return Home” is a film presented by Edward Said, and produced by the BBC in 1998. As the film description reads, it captures the interconnection between Said’s personal recollection and the shared memory of the Palestinian people. The film discusses the Oslo accords, ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, settlements expansion, growing apartheid system, segregation within the Israeli state, and other aspects of occupation; all of this is in the 50 minute program. What has changed since then? This two-state solution the PA is seeking, to me, is the Oslo Accords reincarnated. It might not have the same disastrous impact, but it would be disastrous nonetheless. More rounds of negotiations, seasonal rounds of violence, daily settlement expansion; all of this makes me wonder where we’ll be heading to next.