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John Berger Reads Ghassan Kanafani

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Genre documentary  |  Length: 21mins  |  Year of production: 2008

Full Title: John Berger Reads Ghassan Kanafani's "Letter From Gaza"

This moving reading was initially prepared for the May 2008 Palestine Festival of Literature. Berger, Booker Prizewinning novelist, cultural critic, and art theorist, is at the forefront of activism on the question of Palestine. He has championed the struggle of Palestinian artists to become heard, bringing new and established Palestinian cultural work to a wider audience and highlighting its vital role in the liberation struggle. In this piece he reads Ghassan Kanafani’s (1936 to 1972) “Letter from Gaza” of 1955. Kanafani’s piece is now considered a classic of his early output in it, he pronounces his commitment to the revolutionary struggle while providing a portrait of Gaza eerily familiar to that witnessed in recent times. Berger’s sensitive and informed reading is complimented by imagery evoking the enduring struggle to which Kanafani devoted his energies and which ultimately cost him his life.