Many have talked about the controversies surrounding the film, many have talked about the pressure it faced going into this year’s Oscars, but what I want to point out is one of the main points that Hany Abu Assad hopes for this film to create.
In his interview on Al-Jazeera’s “Open Dialogue” on Saturday, he mentioned that he hoped this film would let people talk and discuss the issues that are presented in it. “Art, creates dialogue”, he said, and I agree with his statement.
He knew he wasn’t going to receive the Oscar, but he said that he has succeeded in putting a name for Palestine in history, that a Palestinian film was made, under occupation, captured the awards around the world, and was nominated for an Oscar.
I hope the film is received in the same way in the Arab world, where much dialogue is needed.
To the whole cast and crew of Paradise Now, I nod to you in respect, and hope that this is just the start for the stories and voices of the Arab world to get noticed worldwide.