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.

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.



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