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    The Land Speaks Arabic. A Film by Maryse Gargour
    Reviewed by Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh:

    'La Terre Parle Arab' (2007). Director Maryse Gargour. Arabic, French, English audio with English subtitles, 61 minutes. Winner of several European awards (ASBU, Prix France 3 Medirerranee, Prix Memoire du Medirerranee).

    This excellent documentary on one of the most pressing issues of our time brings together rarely seen footage of Palestine before 1948 juxtaposed with historical research, eyewitness accounts, stunning choreography, moving testimonials, and historical documents.

    We can state the fact that before the Zionist project began in Palestine it was more heavily populated than the United States of today. We can state that Palestine 20 years or even fifty years after the Zionist project was launched was still predominantly Arab. But it is one thing to state a fact and another to have seen it or lived it. The next best thing is to have a film that shows you a video of the era and pictures of the documents of the era. That is what this film does in a very professional, practical, and effective way.

    ... Letters in European languages exchanged between European Zionists and European imperialists are read followed by scenes of the impact of these blueprints of social engineering. Articles from newspapers of the late 19th century and early 20th century report on the progress (a poor choice of word in this context) of the colonisation project. We see through documents, including news reports and letters, that the word colonisation was used by the Zionist colonizers, when their writings and their speeches expressed the ideas of replacing the natives with the new population from Europe. We hear from Ahad Haam, Israel Zangwill, Yosef Weitz, Chaim Weitzmann, Theodor Herzl, and David Ben-Gurion.

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    Digital Beta
    61 min
    Original Language: Arabic, French, English
    Subtitles: English

    Director: Maryse Gargour
    Cinematography: Stelios Apostolopoulos, Hanna Abu Saada
    Sound: Alaa Khoury
    Music: Dimitri Arsenopoulos
    Production: Bad Movies

    At the end of the 19th century, Zionism, a minority political movement appears on the international stage. Theorised by its historical leaders, it called for the creation of a Jewish state, potentially in Palestine. Yet since thousands of years, the Land speaks Arabic: Palestine is inhabited by Arab people, the Palestinians. Essentially based on Zionist leaders’ quotations, unused audiovisual archives, local press of that period, and testimonies of persons who witnessed pre-1948 Palestine, the film shows a crude light on the cleaning and the spoliation of the Palestinian land by the Zionists.

    في نهاية القرن التاسع عشر، ظهرت الصهيونية كحركة سياسية صغيرة على الساحة العالمية. نظّر لها قياديوها التاريخيون، ودعوا إلى بناء دولة لليهود، من المرجّح أن تكون في فلسطين. لكن، منذ آلاف السنين، “الأرض بتتكلم عربي”: يقطن فلسطين شعبٌ عربي، الفلسطينيون. يستند الفيلم بشكل أساسي على أقوال قادة الصهيونية، وأرشيف سمعي بصري غير مستخدم من ذي قبل، والصحافة المحلية التي تؤرخ لتلك المرحلة، وشهادات أشخاص عرفوا فلسطين ما قبل العام 1948، ليلقي ضوءاً فجّاً على عملية تطهير الأرض الفلسطينية من أهلها، وسلبها على يد الصهاينة.

    Maryse Gargour is born in Jaffa, Palestine. She’s had a journalism certificate and is undertaking a doctorate in “Sciences de l’Information” in Paris. She has worked as a journalist in Beirut and in Paris, as well as in the International Cinema and Television Council of the Unesco (Paris). She has directed several documentaries including My Jaffa (1997) and Blanche’s Homeland (2001)

    ولدت ماريز غرغور في يافا، فلسطين. أجيزت في الصحافة، وهي تحضّر حالياً رسالة دكتوراه في “علوم الخبر” في باريس. عملت كصحافية في بيروت وباريس، كما عملت في “الهيئة العالمية للسينما والتلفزيون” التابعة لليونسكو في باريس. أخرجت عدداً من الأفلام الوثائقية، منها “يافا مدينتي” (1997) و”بلد بلانش” (2001). Show less
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