Palm Sunday – Jerusalem 1931

Palm Sunday is in another two weeks, and I just found this on Facebook (reposted by my dad). We’re not a family of great believers, but we do believe that we, Arabs (Christians and Muslims) lived in Palestine before the Occupation in 1948.

This footage is considered rare, though it may not be as accurate. But looking at the fashion, and looking at the people and the land, it did take place in Palestine before 1948.

The branches they’re holding are Palm branches, the same ones people were holding to welcome Jesus Christ to the city of Jerusalem on that Sunday.

Bar Bahar/ In Between – a film by Maysaloun Hamoud

I haven’t seen this film yet, though I’ve heard it received good reviews, and for once the Arabic woman stereotype is broken. For god’s sake, people around the world think that Arab women are supposed to be of one kind, but in this film, as it appears in the trailer, Arab women can live on their own, party, be successful, and still be women, just like any other woman in the whole world.

I can’t wait to watch this movie. It sounds great, maybe you should also watch it. Plus, my good friend Shaden is in it.

Break Free

I found this on Tumblr and I thought of sharing the youtube video here on my blog.

Words inspired by watching this video:
Break free … the mortal soul inside you. Break free those eyes that wander around. Trying to find a true identity, or more than just one.

Break free… those boundaries you lived within, struggling to find your tragic and pleasant dreams.

Break free… the darkness and whiteness inside you… and then color them with any ink.

Its your body to break free. break it… and set it free.

Break free… all the walls that surround you. Break them all down and set them and yourself free… to wander forever in the wilderness… outside. Here you go. Now fly.



The Fault in Our Stars

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”  Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

I just opened my kindle to check the highlights and the notes I had for the novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It turns out I read the book more than a year ago, and I can’t remember every single detail of the book, but I remember liking it a lot.


I just saw the film today and I loved it. The thing about this novel and film that it does not follow the pattern of cancer stories with all these cliches about being ill and asking people to feel sorry for you and all that cheesy romance between teenagers. This story is somehow realistic and it deals with real questions of life and death, as seen through the young generation that is dying from cancer.

This post is not an actual book/film review. Just watch the movie and see for yourself. And besides, in the movie they go to Amsterdam – one of my favorite places in the world, I’d kill to go there again.

Alternative Reality

I have seen this clip/movie a week ago and then I’ve noticed that everyone on Facebook is sharing it. It is a share-worthy video.

Reality: women are harassed every day when raped it is their fault. If it’s not the case and I’m exaggerating, then please pay a visit to the middle east.

Surly a world like the one in the video does not exist – women don’t have the urges like men, they’re not animals. That’s why a lot of people (I’m pretty sure the majority of them are men) are homophobes, they don’t want to be treated like they treat women.

Why is it that some great men don’t have the “courage” to harass women?

Talking about men’s approach towards women is much much more complicated than that, sometimes I find myself entirely misunderstood (and misjudged) by my male friends who don’t understand the way women truly need, desire and think. Sometimes I feel like I need to keep talking to these male friends to enlighten them. I always fail though.

Watch this. I think it’s more powerful and somehow scary:

I really don’t want to live in Egypt (and I’m highly discouraged to even visit it). Now you may call me a coward.

Omar – from Palestine to the Oscars


“Omar” by the Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, is a film about resistance, honor, and freedom. I can certainly be glad to hear about its nomination for the Academy Awards. A nomination for a Palestinian film is always an honor, and one cannot but support this triumph, and feel honored that this film can be a right and true advocate for the Palestinian issue and struggles. But with all honesty I must confess that I did not like this film as much as I ought to, I thought it lacks many material and somehow seems to trivialize the true message it should hold from the first place. As much as I appreciate the effort behind it, I cannot truly see myself praising it to the fullest. And yet, I want it to receive some recognition, and an award. 

P.S. My cousin is in it, and I’m happy for him. 


Film synopsis:

When a trio of young Palestinians decides to kill an Israeli soldier, one of them, a baker named Omar, is arrested and beaten by Israeli intelligence agents. Told that he will be given his freedom if he assists in capturing the man they believe to be the shooter, Omar rejoins his friends and begins to suspect that there is an informant among them.

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I don’t want to go back alone (Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho)

I have seen this short Brazilian movie nearly two years ago, and ever since then I couldn’t find it again. Only yesterday I found it and decided to keep it among my favorites and share here. I simply love it.

Watch it. There are subtitles.

15 Interesting Facts about Harry Potter


Jane Eyre

So yesterday I re-watched the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, and I think it was the first time I’ve cried while watching one of the adaptations of this story. I’m usually touched by the story and my heart beats when Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester confess their love for the first time, but this time for some reasons I was overwhelmed by it. And then there was the scene she leaves him. It broke my heart.

jane-and-rochesterI have been a fan for the story of Jane Eyre ever since I was 13 years old. I remember I’ve read it simplified because that was the only copy I could find in the library at school, and I found difficulties with the English language back then because I’m not native. I remember I saw the 1996 adaptation at that time too. Back then I was young and I didn’t fully comprehend the essence of romance. But I have loved that story.

There is something about Jane Eyre that we, girls, teenagers and grownups admire about her. She’s strong independent and inexperienced. We love her.

Surly Mr. Rochester is another literary hero we admire and fall in love with. He’s character is by no means simple and ordinary. He’s got these complexions and this air to drive us insane like he drove Jane insane in the story. when I watched Micheal Fassbender being Rochester, he was exactly as we imagined, a stranger at the beginning, cold and mysterious, and then he grows to be a charming and loving … exactly the way Jane sees him.

Aside from Fassbender, I have always loved Timothy Dalton as Mr. Rochester, he was perfect.


There is this new series on Youtube in Vlog style (like The Lizzie Bennet’s Diaries) that is another modern adaptation of Jane Eyre. It’s called the Autobiography of Jane Eyre.  A link here for the Vlog on youtube. I must confess I watch it, even though for some reasons I don’t think it’s as good.

Anna Karenina

I have shared a new post on my blog about my experience with the new adaptation for Anna Karenina.

Click here for the post

People Don’t Belong to People

The Hobbit

I have finally had the chance to watch “The Hobbit”, or perhaps one can refer to it as The Film of the Season/Year. “The Hobbit” as many of you should know is based on the Fantasy novel by Tolkien with the same title. This novel is a prequel novel for Lord of the Rings, it’s simpler and shorter but contains some of the main characters of Lord of the Rings, like Bilbo and Gandalf. The novel of course is a must read before Lord of the Rings. I have read it and studied it for my fantasy class last year and I have loved it. After watching the Trailer I wasn’t so excited for the film as I became excited after watching the film.

I disliked the idea that the film is just part one of a trilogy, since the book is short and there’s only one volume. I thought Hollywood are trying the best they can in order to get money, and this is in fact what they’re doing, trying to get money by making a trilogy out of one novel. I know that the novel does not need a trilogy, I have considered it a simple adventure novel that is filled with folklore and fantastic elements. Surely it’s quite a good read and obviously it’s a good literature, but a trilogy is a lot to handle for this book.

As usual, when I go to watch a film that is adapted from a book I know how to enjoy it – by not expecting a good film. And when you lower your expectations the more you appreciate the film. Still I wanted to watch it so badly. I’ve had to warn my friends and my self of course that the film is long and there will be a lot of scenes that weren’t included in the book and I really have no idea from where do they come from. I didn’t expect to like the extra scenes and story line in the film, but I actually found them interesting and they’re good enough for requiring another two sequels.

I have definitely enjoyed the film and found it highly interesting. There’s more than action and fantasy. More than fighting Trolls and Orcs. The fantastic characters that Tolkien has invented are merely a metaphor for races. It’s about accepting one another and understanding the other race. Furthermore it’s about knowing who you are and what can you. Thorin Oakenshield is one of my favorite characters, he’s more than just a leader of the dwarves, he’s a brave man who fights for his own origin, race and homeland. We all know that the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is our protagonist, but I know that Thorin is the hero in the story and as it appears to be in the film as well. He’s brave, leader, charismatic, strong and proud. Richard Armitage is the perfect choice to play this role, and besides, he’s sexy.

There are a lot of allusions to Lord of the Rings, I mean, yes sure, The Hobbit is a prequel to Lord of the Rings, but the book does not make a huge fuss around Sauron and one can rarely think about Lord of the Rings while reading the Hobbit, but here in the film, it appears to be that The Hobbit is more of a sequel than a prequel to Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings as movies are more connected to one another than the books they’re based on. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, we’ll have to watch the rest of the films of The Hobbit in order to know how we feel about that.

The bottom line is, I quote enjoyed the film, and I think it’s not only a successor to Lord of the Rings, but also a vanquisher.


— this post was posted on my old blog, and I copied it to this one.