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Mohamad Khan
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posted 11 July 2003 12:05 PM      Profile for Mohamad Khan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's no joke

If they couldn't, we certainly can: in the film Hardy twice refers to the activists as 'vainglorious'. And then the bullets began to fly. Real bullets. "Once we'd actually been shot at, I calmed down," Hardy shrugs. "I thought 'at least now I know what we're up against'. The expectation sometimes is worse," he pauses for a sardonic grin, "except if I'd actually been shot, that would have been worse than the expectation, probably." He may have escaped injury but others among the group didn't - one Australian woman spent a year recovering from the stomach wound she suffered.

Hardy thinks that the incident gives the film's audience a different perspective on how such things come about. "People keep imagining that acts of aggression by soldiers are done in the heat of the moment, in panic. There's this sense that whenever armies or police open up or carry out acts of violence it's an overreaction, it's indiscipline. You have to witness such a situation to realise that it can be actually very calm.

"When we were shot at - and mercifully no one died on that occasion - the soldier wasn't even slightly panicked. He had a bunch of hippies standing in front of him on a nice sunny day. He's in an armoured personnel carrier, one minute disdainfully wafting his arm at us to go away. And the next minute he's firing at us."

He changed his mind on the spot about the motivations of his fellow protesters, humbled by their bravery in the face of such violence. He put no pressure on Sansour to edit his own nervous bewilderment out: "It's too easy to fall into this thing about what a scary thing you did, all your mates are impressed and it looks great," he explains.

"But I can't abide the new sexy style of documentary presenter," he adds contemptuously. "The sort that love being photographed in the dark with night vision cameras, pointlessly wearing some disguise." He puts on a serious voice: "I'm wearing special glasses that enable me to see the moon. I'm hiring this child prostitute but don't worry, I'm not going to have sex with her because I'm a good person."

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posted 11 July 2003 03:14 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
MK, I couldn't quite locate this in time. Was the film made last year, at the time of the re-invasion of Bethlehem?

Fascinating, in spite of the teddibly teddibly factor. The English: sigh.

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