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FILM REVIEW

Paradise Now

• 2005.• Directed by Hany Abu-Assad.• Arabic with English subtitles.• 90 minutes.• Color.

JESSICA KRAFT

Director and co-writer Hany Abu-Assad's Paradise Now is a welcome contribution to the amputated history of Palestinian cinema. It resembles Elia Suleiman's 2003 film, Divine Intervention, in which fiery explosions of violence, throbbing Arabic techno and allusions to a wrathful God disrupt the rhythmic repetition of daily Palestinian life. The two films share the same elevated expression of Palestinian consciousness - pious, hip and seductive in its suffering. However…

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