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Divine Intervention (2002)
"Yadon ilaheyya" (original title)

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Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

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Manal Khader ...
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George Ibrahim ...
Amer Daher ...
Auni
Jamel Daher ...
Jamal
Lufuf Nuweiser ...
Neighbor with American van
Read Masarweh ...
Abu Basil
Bassem Loulou ...
Abu Amer
Salwa Nakkara ...
Adia (as Salvia Nakkara)
Naaman Jarjoura ...
Uncle
Rama Nashashibi ...
Um Elias
Saiman Natour ...
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Fairos Hakim ...
Bus stop shopkeeper
Khalil Jarjoura ...
Number 6 man
Hamada Shamout ...
Basil
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Santa Claus tries to outrun a gang of knife-wielding youth. It's one of several vignettes of Palestinian life in Israel - in a neighborhood in Nazareth and at Al-Ram checkpoint in East Jerusalem. Most of the stories are droll, some absurd, one is mythic and fanciful; few words are spoken. A man who goes through his mail methodically each morning has a heart attack. His son visits him in hospital. The son regularly meets a woman at Al-Ram; they sit in a car, hands caressing. Once, she defies Israeli guards at the checkpoint; later, Ninja-like, she takes on soldiers at a target range. A red balloon floats free overhead. Neighbors toss garbage over walls. Life goes on until it doesn't. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$14,699 (USA) (24 January 2003)

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$390,847 (USA) (18 July 2003)
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The music used in the opening credit sequence is from an Arabic song by Mohammed Abdulwahab from the 1950s called "Me, suffering, and your love" which are what the majority of the film is about. See more »

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A Beautiful Unconventional Palestinian Film
9 February 2003 | by (NAZARETH) – See all my reviews



Those of you who are heading the theaters to watch Palestinian film showing refugee camps - bare footed kids with running noses , or poor women weeping miserably over their loved ones who were killed by the Israeli soldiers..... are in for a major disappointment ! Elia Suleiman puts on screen the OTHER Palestinian : the highly sophisticated intellect who is torn between the nothingness of his home town - ghetto like Nazareth , and his almost impossible love life on the Jerusalem - Ramalla checkpoint , watching impotently the daily satiric yet agonizing incidents at the Israeli checkpoint from his car , and time and time again , amidst the harsh reality and killing routine we find him escaping to fantasy , and it is these fantasy dream-like scenes that make the reality of the film .

A Palestinian woman goes through the extremely secured Israeli checkpoint and passes to the other side causing the checkpoint tower to collapse . The woman in the film is the all-mighty woman, she is the mother , spouse , and daughter of the Palestinian society who takes matters into her own hands and who makes the whole world to bow and bend in front of her strength . She is the Palestinian Ninja fighter who refuses to be the martyr. She is blown up to a higher level becoming a Jesus like figure ,yet not turning the other cheek but fighting and setting new rules for the other side.The scene is full of contradictions: the highly equipped Israeli commando fighters against the solemn Palestinian who merely fights with stones[bringing to mind the first Intifada],and political symbols such as the map of the Palestinian shape boomerang and the appearance of the Palestinian flag underneath the Israelis feet . The film is funny ,even hilarious, enormously witty ,and the language diverts from direct and realistic to symbolic and surreal. Elia Suleiman fluently speaks both languages ,telling the story - or stories - of thousands of Palestinians and yet telling his own saga, in a voice so hush-hush ,clever ,subtle and so artistic that brilliantly makes this film a masterpiece.

Maha Haj-Assal NAZARETH .




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