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فيلم فلسطيني يرصد فرصة التغير السلمي في الشرق الاوسط

"بدرس" يستلهم تجربة غاندي

في بعض الاحيان ينجح قدر قليل من السلام في قطع مشوار طويل اكتشف ذلك الهنود بزعامة المهاتما غاندي كما تعلمها أيضا الامريكيون السود من مارت لوثر كينغ زعيم الحقوق المدنية.

فعلتها أيضا قرية يعيش فيها الفلسطينيون والاسرائيليون بوحي من رب أسرة عنيد وابنته التي لم يتعد عمرها 15 عاما ووثق قصتهم التي لا يعرفها كثيرون فيلم "بدرس" الوثائقي الجديد الذي يأمل صناعه ان ينشر رسالة مفادها ان السلام يمكن ان يحدث تغييرا حتى في أرض تمزقها الحروب.

In the movie, a philosophy school teacher opens a discussion in which she asks her students about their views on the attacks and what they think the attackers motives were.

The different opinions of students provide a small picture of where Moroccans in general stand regarding the motives behind the attacks that left 45 people dead.

The film, written and directed by Mohamed Bin Aziz, begins when the teacher, a widow and a mother of a girl, asks her high school students to read a verse from the Quran in mourning for the victims of the Casablanca attacks.

When the teacher’s request is denied by one of her students, a discussion ensues. For this student, victims of the attacks do not deserve to be mourned since they are “infidels” and tribute should instead be paid to the youths who carried out the bombings and who should be considered “martyrs.”

The teacher engages other students in the conversation with some seeing attackers as “heroes” or “cowards” and others as “freedom fighters” or “terrorists.”

“Broken Heart” director Mohamed Bin Aziz said the film is an adaptation of a story he wrote back in 2003 immediately after the attacks took place.

“After the story was published in several newspapers I decided to turn it into a film since the visual often has a stronger effect on the audience,” he told Al Arabiya.

Cinematic and political messages

The film, Bin Aziz pointed out, carries several messages. The first one is proving the Moroccan cinema is capable of producing movies that tackle serious issues if there is the will to do so.

“I wanted to prove that Moroccan cinema can fare better away from worn out topics like love, marriage, and abortion.”

The second message is political. The movie, Bin Aziz said, reminds Moroccans of an incident that happened seven years ago because it is still related to the present.

“Several parties are trying to erase memories of the attacks but the reasons behind them are still there.”

Bin Aziz added that fear of terror attacks in Europe offers the best example that the problem is not solved. The same applies to internal divisions in Morocco.

“The debate between the Ministry of Interior and the opposition Justice and Development Party over who is responsible for the attacks is still ongoing.”

(Translated from the Arabic by Sonia Farid)