Seeds of an unholy mess: The Jordanian film that upset Palestinians

At the age of 16, Amira, the protagonist of a film that was supposed to represent Jordan at the Oscars, discovers that she is not the daughter of a Palestinian political prisoner but of his prison guard. But the provocation did not work, Palestinian prisoners’ organisations protested, and Jordan decided not to send it to the Oscars.

In the Palestinian ethos, political prisoners pay the highest price, and there is a broad consensus that they symbolise self-sacrifice for the homeland. That is why Palestinian society embraces the wives of prisoners and their children.

Palestinian prisoners do not have the right to conjugal visit or even the right to touch or be in contact with their spouses, and are therefore denied the right to paternity. More than a decade ago, inmates began smuggling sperm out of prison to have children. This method of smuggling, dubbed the liberated seeds, is at the heart of the film Amira: a battle for life that the prison is trying to cut short and the couple insists on creating.

The film Amira is a mediocre film, which managed to put all the problems of the Palestinian people in one small pressure cooker for an hour and a half. As if this is the last film in the history of the Palestinian people, so everything must be pushed into it.

Here’s the big miss in my eyes. Instead of the audience connecting to the main story, the matter for which the film’s protagonist came behind bars in the first place, and the denial of a human right from him and all political prisoners, the plot deceives the viewer from every direction and leads us with Amira to a dead end instead of liberation.



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