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TENSION


Directed by | Rashid Masharawi

Genre documentary  |  Length: 26mins  |  Year of production: 1998


Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi (Waiting and Laila's Birthday) conveys the palpable sense of tension that he perceives below the surface of daily life for the Palestinian population during the period of the "peace process." The film focuses on the act of observation itself, eschewing spoken dialogue altogether for a narrative that is produced rather through the editing of images, music, and incidental sounds on the track. Tension is organized around the natural cycle of sunrise and sunset, restated in terms of another "natural" work cycle: the many waves of Palestinian day workers who move through gates and checkpoints to labour in Israel and return each evening. This is a far too rarely seen work of exceptional quality by one of Palestine’s foremost directors.