October 25th, and it was time for another international film! This time, the movie was Paradise Now, a movie made in 2005. Set in Tel Aviv, Israel, the two main characters, Palestinians Said and Khaled, who are part of an extremist group, are sent on a suicide bombing mission. When things go wrong, the two have to separate, giving them time to think about what they’re about to do. Paradise Now explores why suicide bombers do what they do, and gives a glimpse of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute currently going on (which is pretty complicated – Boyer gave a “brief”, but in reality, rather long, introduction explaining the general basis of the conflict). This movie is in Arabic and was filmed in Israel, with portions filmed in France, the Netherlands, and Germany.
We also saw this movie on February 29, 2012 for Spring Semester.