”Omar” a thriller about Palestinians life screened in UN

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- The Working Group of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information and Adopt Films LLC have organized Wednesday (May 1) screening of film “Omar”, a tense, gripping, part Romeo-and-Juliet love story thriller about the life in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

ritically acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) has made a dynamic drama about insoluble moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a protracted conflict. “Omar” was his second Academy Awards nomination.

Waleed Zuaiter was a co-star and the producer of the film.

“It was a Palestinian story, but it has such universal, timeless and Shakespearean appeal to it. It is also a story about the Palestinians and their day-to-day living under occupation and it touches o collaboration in a big way actually. But how everything affects this love story that is a really the heart of the film.” – explained Zuaiter

Zuaiter is a Palestinian descendant born in the US and this was him first trip to Palestine.

“I’ve been blessed knowing so many talented people, Arabs and Palestinians most recently with “Omar”, and I think we just have to continue telling these moving stories that we are going to affect people emotionally. And that is the goal.” – said Zuaiter.
“It is all about exposing the truth. Whatever that may be. Because you need that in order to have justice, and in order to have peace you have to have justice. So, being at the UN is very important to us symbolically, so that we can share our stories with the world.”

Adam Bakri stars as Omar, youth who climbs over the towering Israeli security wall to visit his girlfriend. After being routinely harassed by Israeli police, Omar and two friends shoot a random Israeli policeman, not so much for political reasons, but as a way to regain some sort of power in their powerless lives.

“It is all about exposing the truth. Whatever that may be. Because you need that in order to have justice, and in order to have peace you have to have justice. So, being at the UN is very important to us symbolically, so that we can share our stories with the world.” – explained Zuaiter.

The film never tries to justify the act of killing the policeman. Instead, it focuses on the aftermath – the paranoia and breakdown of loyalty among people who have been friends since birth.

Zuaiter, who in the movie plays the role of an Israeli police investigator said that the movie represent a “desperate cry for peace”.

“We’ve heard from the western perspective that the cycle that needs to end is the cycle of violence that is happening. Which is true, but the real cycle is the cycle of occupation. And that is what needs to end. And I think that movie says that. I think that movie is this desperate cry for peace.”

The screening of the film “Omar” at the UN Headquarters was a contribution of the organizers to the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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