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EVERYWHERE WAS THE SAME


Directed by | Basma al Sharif

Genre fiction  |  Length: 12mins  |  Year of production: 2007


Slideshow images of abandoned homes and emptiedout public spaces carry the story of two girls who find themselves in a kind of preapocalyptic paradise. Inspired by a massacre that took place in Gaza during July 2006, Everywhere was the Same retells this event through the many voices that have come to speak of Palestinians and their struggle. Most importantly, a speech by Dr. Haidar AbdelShafi at the Madrid peace talks emerges as a voice of reason silenced in the film by unresolved, melancholic nostalgia. AlSharif’s art work is composed of the sounds of clicking slides, extracts from a AbdelShafi’s speech, a heartwrenching song by Fairuz, still images of abandoned houses, cities emptied of their original inhabitants, and a beautifully embroidered Palestinian gown.