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GOOD MORNING JERUSALEM


Directed by | Suha Arraf

Genre documentary  |  Length: 52mins  |  Year of production: 2004


Sha’ban Nassar, a young Jerusalemite, juggles daily problems of economic subsistence, family pressures and his aspirations to become a singer. Through Nassar’s personal story, we get a glimpse of his city’s struggle for survival in the face of attempts to erase its Arab identity. Following the death of his father and his mother’s decision to leave the family for a younger man, Nassar becomes the sole provider for his 12 younger siblings. Balancing these duties with his passion for playing music, his job as a taxi driver, and his status as an “internal” refugee in the city, makes his life precarious. On the personal level, Nassar appears as a Shakespearian hero, while on the public level, through his dealings with his surroundings and authorities, Sha’ban is a fighter. Here in occupied Jerusalem, the private and the political are constantly intersecting. Sha’aban’s story is inspiring, and Arraf’s patient filmmaking does justice to this very ordinary hero.