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Inspired by true events, "God's Slave" is the story of Ahmed and David, two extremist characters, one Islamic and the other Jewish, who cross their paths while being in the opposite side of the conflict in the A.M.I.A bombings that took place in 1994 in Buenos Aires. Written by
GOD'S SLAVE ('Esclavo de Dios') is not only an impressive film it is an important film for many reasons. It brings to light the ongoing acts of terrorism by focusing on an historical even that occurred in 1994 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fernando Butazzoni wrote the stunning script for this film which was directed by the very young Joel Novoa. The actual incident on which it is based is important: The AMIA bombing was an attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA; Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) building. It occurred in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. It was Argentina's deadliest bombing ever. Argentina is home to a Jewish community of 200,000, the largest in Latin America and sixth in the world outside Israel. In the days following the bombing, Israel sent Mossad agents to Argentina to investigate. The Israeli Police also sent a team of four forensic scientists to assist with the building of ante mortem files and victim identification; the IDF sent personnel to help the Argentines with body extrication. Argentina closed its borders after the attack, fearing more terrorists could enter. It was thought possible that the bombers entered Argentina through the Triple Frontier, where the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. Argentina's intelligence agency, the Secretaría de Inteligencia (SIDE), is said to have set up a network of surveillance called 'Centauro' in Paraguay.
Butazzoni has taken this tragedy and backtracked to the childhood times of both the Arab would-be suicide bomber and the Jewish investigator each having witnessed indelible atrocities at the hands of the two groups Muslims and Jews. This, then, is the story of Ahmed and David, the two extremist characters, one Islamic and the other Jewish, who cross paths while being in the opposite side of the conflict in the A.M.I.A bombings that took place in 1994 in Buenos Aires. The action shows the tragedies in 1975 Lebanon where Ahmed witnesses the slaughter of his father at the hands of the Jews (and the character of David is important here). The action switches to Caracus, Venezuela 1990 where Ahmed, now a grown man, is sent for his mission: he is to marry, have children, and await his 'destiny' to become a suicide bomber to kill Jews. We meet all of Ahmed's friends and his family and we watch David gathering data to thwart what he knows in an incipient bombing. His call for his destiny comes with order to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1994 to await his hour. How Ahmed's assignment turns out and David's role in that result is the suspense that would ruin the impact of the film if shared.
Ahmed is subtly portrayed by Mohammed Alkhaldi and David by an equally powerful Vando Villamil. The film is in Spanish, Arabic, and a bit of French (?) with English subtitles. The musical score by Emilio Kauderer is particularly fine, the large cast is excellent, and the direction by Joel Novoa is brilliant. Perhaps this film will help more people understand the roots of terrorism and then help end it. Highly Recommended film from the always dependable Film Movement.
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