Women in the Sun (Nisa Fi al-Shams)
Wie wurde während der Aufbruchsstimmung in den West Bank Ende der 90er Jahre über Gewalt gegen Frauen diskutiert? Der Film begleitet Frauen, die Gewalt in der Gesellschaft erleben sowie Aktivistinnen, die sich gegen Gewalt an Frauen einsetzen und kombiniert persönlichen Erzählungen mit öffentlichen Debatten: Eine Konferenz über „Selbstmord“ in Gaza, die Foren des Frauen-Modell-Parlaments, die im Frühjahr 1998 in der West Bank und in Gaza getagt haben.
Zwei junge Männer sprechen aus der Gefängniszelle in Ramallah über ihre Gründe, eine Verwandte getötet zu haben, die die Familie entehrt hat. Stimmen von vier Frauen berichten über Gewalterfahrungen im familiären Umfeld.
"The idea for this film started more than a year and half ago. Almost every day in the newspapers, I was reading reports of suicides, and I began thinking that I wanted to do a film on suicide. When I was in Gaza, I found myself filming events and things related to suicide. In June 1997, the Ministry of Information hosted a conference on the problem, and I found it interesting how the issue of suicide became so multi-layered and controversial when it came to women. The discussion was mostly geared towards women, as if suicide was a “women's problem” and not a societal problem. Women were discussed at this conference almost as scapegoats. Then I did interviews with three women from Gaza, each one of them had attempted suicide. I think their personal stories, their voices and the dark places they speak from made me really just want to focus on women in this film. And maybe I was set up for such a thing from long before. I always liked my mother and my sisters more than my father. In New York, in my studies, whether it was being Palestinian, being a refugee, I don't know, but I found myself attracted to areas of readings and writings of feminist studies, gay and lesbian groups, black consciousness, these groups that still have some subversive elements to them.
This is not a film about Palestinian women this is not a representation of Palestinian women, this is a film of perspectives, it sheds light on some areas of the lives of some Palestinian women. How representative they are I don't know. Who can judge, who can tell how much it applies? I don't know. This is a personal film because I really wanted to tell my sisters and my mother how much I love them in this film". (Palestine Report, August 1998)
Palästina 1998, Sobhi al-Zobaidi, 58 min, Farbe, Video, Arab. OmeU
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Themengebiete: Frauen, Frauenrechte, Gewalt, Modelparlament, Palästina, Unabhängigkeit, Oslo