Analysis Of The Movie ' Paradise Now ' By Director Hany Abu Assad

1409 Words Sep 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Terrorism is an extremely prevalent problem in the world today. Every month there is news of a bombing in some city, or a shooting in some neighborhood, and Western media has made Islam the face of terrorism. While Jihadists only make up a fraction of the proponents of terrorism, the media has caused “terrorism” to be synonymous with “Muslim.” Even understandable acts of rebellion, like the liberation movement of Palestine against Israel, are seen as Islamic radicalism because misguided individuals perpetrate acts of terrorism. The movie Paradise Now, by director Hany Abu-Assad, shows the ordeals of two friends, Khaled and Said, who enlist in a Palestinian resistance group to coordinate suicide attacks on Tel Aviv, Israel. Abu-Assad attempts to show viewers that terrorism isn’t simply caused by religious extremism— those involved in terrorist attacks and political resistance have self-justifications for their actions. In the film, Khaled desires to further the cause of Palestinian liberation by taking definitive action, while Said is suicidal and seeks a way out of his misery. However, scenes in the movie contradict Abu-Assad’s goal, and seem to imply religious zeal resulting in meaningless violence; to the casual viewer, the original message could be obscured by these scenes.
Paradise Now begins with a meeting between Said and a recruiter from the resistance group, where the recruited informs Said about the operation. The following morning, Khaled and Said shoot videos…

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