PUBLIC DISCUSSION WITH BJÖRN BRENNER
On the 17th October, the Swedish National Film Institute will air OMAR (2013) and afterwards host a public discussion with Björn Brenner about its content, led by Hans Brun. The event will take place at Filmhuset Bio Victor at 6 pm. The discussion aims to touch upon the broader themes of the film: the differing narratives of the conflict, the root causes of radicalisation and the notion of asymmetry in regard to the different means both sides have used in trying to fight each other.
OMAR (MUREN in Swedish) is a 2013 Palestinian drama film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize. It was also shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was furthermore selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best Foreign Language Filmat the 86th Academy Awards and was among the five finalists. It won Best Feature Film at the 2013 Asian Pacific Screen Awards. The film was screened at the United Nations in New York on 1 May 2014.
PLOT: Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who frequently climbs the West Bank barrier to visit his lover Nadia (Leem Lubany), a high-school girl whom he intends to marry. After being beaten and humiliated by a group of Israeli soldiers, Omar and his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat) stage an attack on an Israeli checkpoint. During the attack, Amjad shoots and kills an Israeli soldier. Later, Omar and his friends are subsequently pursued by the Israeli authorities. During the pursuit, Omar is captured and imprisoned. Facing a lengthy prison term, Omar is forcibly coerced by an Israeli agent named Rami (Waleed Zuaiter) into working as a double agent for the Israeli authorities. Agent Rami secures Omar’s release in exchange for the latter bringing Tarek to the authorities. (Wikipedia)