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الهدية.. فيلم مبدع عن واقع فلسطيني معقدThe Present

Publish Date: 4/21/2021 12:48:40 PM

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جيمس زغبي

إننا جميعاً مدينون لفرح نابلسي بدين كبير من العرفان. ففي فيلم يمتد 24 دقيقة فقط بعنوان «الهدية»، تعري نابلسي الغلظة التي يتعرض لها الفلسطينيون من خلال سرد قصة مؤثرة للغاية عن أسرة فلسطينية. والشيق بشكل خاص في الأمر أنه بعد فوز الفيلم بجوائز في عدد من المهرجانات السينمائية الدولية، تم ترشيحه لجائزة الأوسكار لأفضل فيلم روائي قصير.

وقصة الفيلم بسيطة لكنها تتحدث عن واقع معقد. فهناك رجل فلسطيني يدعى «يوسف» يقضي أحد أيام عطلته. وفي ذاك اليوم، يصطحب يوسف ابنته الصغيرة ياسمين إلى المدينة ليشتري لزوجته «نور» هدية عيد الزواج. وكان ينبغي أن يكون الأمر بسيطاً، لكنه ليس كذلك، لأن للوصول إلى المتاجر يتعين عليهما-الأب وابنته- المرور عبر نقطة تفتيش يديرها الاحتلال. والمحنة التي يتعين عليهم تحملها تصبح لب القصة. ومنذ أن شاهدت لأول مرة المعاملة المهينة وغير الإنسانية التي يُعامل بها الفلسطينيون في نقاط التفتيش، حاولت أن أشرح الأوضاع للجمهور الأمريكي. لكني لن أحاول بعد الآن، لأنه أصبح بمقدوري الآن أن أطلب منهم أن أوجههم لمشاهدة فيلم «الهدية» وكفى.

وبعد أول خبرة شاهدت فيها نقاط التفتيش، كتبت مقالاً بعنوان «الغضب والخوف». لقد كانت مشاهدة ما يمر به الفلسطينيون صعبة في حد ذاتها. فقد كان هناك فتيات وفتيان إسرائيليون صغار يهينون فلسطينيين أكبر سناً. ووقف هؤلاء الفلسطينيون في طوابير.

كان الإسرائيليون يبدون الغضب لتأكيد سيطرتهم. وفي المقابل، يتظاهر الفلسطينيون بالخوف لأن ليس لديهم سيطرة على حياتهم ويكابدون الإهانة في صمت. لكنهم في الداخل كان يضطرمون غضباً بسبب الإهانة. ورأينا هذا في مواقع أخرى. فهذه هي الطريقة سيئة، وهي الطريقة التي تتصرف بها الشرطة في أميركا في المدن الداخلية. والعواقب في كل الحالات مدمرة.

المميز للغاية في فيلم «الهدية» هو إنجازه كل هذا في وقت قصير. والفلسطينيون في هذا الفيلم ليسوا كائنات أحادية البعد. فبعد مرور خمس دقائق فقط من زمن الفيلم، نتعاطف مع يوسف ونور وياسمين. فاللمحات الصغيرة والنظرات الدالة توضح الحب الواضح المتبادل بين الشخصيات الثلاثة. ولأن الصورة المرسومة لهذه الأسرة الفلسطينية حقيقية، فإن المرء يكترث لهم ويريدهم أن يجدوا السعادة. وبعيداً عن القصة جيدة النسج التي تتكشف في الفيلم، فهذا التعاطف مع الشخصيات واحد من أهم مساهمات الفيلم.

فقد تم اختزال الفلسطينيين في الغرب إلى أشياء أو «مشكلة يتعين حلها»، حتى يستطيع الإسرائيليون العيش في أمن وسلام، ولهذا فإن الارتقاء بإنسانية الفلسطينيين يعتبر عملاً ثورياً. الواقع أن فيلم «الهدية» يقلب المعادلة التي وضعها ودعمها القائمون بالعلاقات العامة كي يسوغوا تصرفات الاحتلال.

والقصة قوية وأيضاً نهايتها الدرامية ثرية أيضا بالمعنى والرسالة التي تنقلها. ولن أسرد القصة عليكم لأنني أريد أن يتعرف القارئ عليها بنفسه. وحين يشاهد القارئ الفيلم عليه أن يتذكر درسا تعلمته من أحد أساتذتي وهو دان بيريجان، الكاهن الجيزويت الناشط. فقد أخبرني بيريجان أنه في عالم الجنون هذا الشبيه بكابوسية عوالم الكاتب الروائي فرانتس كافكا، فمجرد القدرة على تأكيد حقيقة بسيطة مثل «2+2=4» يصبح عملاً ثورياً. وفي فيلم «الهدية»، ياسمين هي من يؤكد الحقيقة البسيطة- أي تقوم هنا بالعمل الثوري.

قدمت لنا فرح نابلسي لنا «هدية» حقاً. فأثناء مشاهدة «الهدية» ينتاب المشاهد تيار من المشاعر يمتد من التعاطف والغضب والخوف والحزن إلى البهجة. أرجوكم شاهدوا الفيلم واشكروا نابلسي على الهدية الثمينة التي قدمتها لنا، وشجعوها إلى حين فوزها بالأوسكار في 25 أبريل المقبل. وأدعوكم هنا إلى الانضمام على الانترنت إلى مناقشة مع نابلسي في الخامس من مايو، الساعة الثانية بعد الظهر، بالتوقيت الشرقي للولايات المتحدة.

 

 

 

 

The Present

Dr. James J. Zogby © 

President, Arab American Institute

We all owe Farah Nabulsi an enormous debt of gratitude. In a short 24-minute film, The Present, she has exposed the oppressive indecency of the Israeli occupation while telling the deeply moving story of a Palestinian family. What is especially exciting is that after winning awards at a number of international film festivals​, Ms. Nabulsi has been nominated for an Academy Award for this remarkable work of art.   

 

It’s a simple story about a complex reality: Yusef, a Palestinian man on his day off from work, takes Yasmine, his little daughter, into the city to buy his wife, Noor, an anniversary present. It ought to be simple, but it’s not​, because to get to the shops they must pass through an Israeli-controlled checkpoint. And the ordeal they must endure becomes the crux of the story.

Ever since I first witnessed the dehumanizing and humiliating treatment meted out to Palestinians at Israeli checkpoints, I’ve tried to explain the situation to American audiences. I don’t have to try any longer. I can just ask them to see The Present.

After that first experience with the checkpoints, I wrote a piece​, “Anger and Fear.” It was horrifying to witness. Young Israeli boys and girls holding weapons, shouting commands, demeaning the older Palestinians, lined up in what looked like cattle shoots, trying to get to work, go to school, shop for necessities, or visit family. “Don’t look at me.” “Keep your heads down.” “Hold up your ID’s.” The Palestinians, with the heads down obeyed these commands because they had no other choice if they wanted to pass.

It was the “master/slave dialectic” playing out in front of me. The young Israelis demonstrating anger to assert their control. But without their weapons and their angry commands, they were frightened little people. Meanwhile, the Palestinians were feigning fear. Because they had no control over their lives, they suffered the indignity in silence. But inside they were seething in anger at the humiliation they were forced to endure.

We’ve seen this play out in other settings. It’s the way occupation armies always behave. It’s also the way police forces behave in America’s inner cities. And the consequences, in all cases, are devastating. 

What’s so remarkable about The Present is how much it accomplishes in such a short time. Palestinians in this film aren’t one-dimensional stick figures. Just five minutes into the story and you’ve fallen in love with Yusef, Noor, and Yasmine. Little gestures and telling glances bring home the obvious affection they feel for one another. Because the portraits of this little Palestinian family are so real, you care about them and want them to find happiness. Aside from the powerful story that unfolds, this is one of the film’s most important contributions.

Because Palestinians have long been reduced in the West to objects or “a problem to be solved” so that Israeli humanity can live with security and peace, elevating Palestinian humanity becomes a revolutionary act. It upends the equation that Israeli hasbarists have created and reinforced to justify their behaviors.

As powerful as the story is, it’s dramatic ending is equally rich in meaning and the message it conveys. I won’t ruin it for you because I want you to experience it for yourself. But when you do, just remember a lesson I learned from one of my mentors, Dan Berrigan, the activist Jesuit priest. He told me that in the insanity of our Kafkaesque world, just being able to affirm a simple truth like “Two plus two equals four” becomes a revolutionary act. In The Present, it’s Yasmine who affirms simple truth – the revolutionary act – and leaves the oppressors powerless.

Farah Nabulsi has truly given us a present. While watching The Present, viewers will experience a gamut of emotions: affection, anger, fear, sadness and then exhilaration. ​Please watch it, and cheer her to victory on April 25th.  Then, on May 5th, please join me for my “Coffee and a Column” at 2:00 pm ET and thank her for this remarkable gift

 

The opinions expressed in our published works are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions of الحوادث Al Hawadeth Newspaper, Al Hawadeth for Arab Americans, alhawadeth.net or their Editors.

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