Venice Film Festival 2020 Ameen Nayfeh’s ‘200 Meters’ is a potent dramatisation of what the Wall does to Israelis and Palestinians

Posted on September 12, 2020

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The Palestinian protagonist won’t get himself an Israeli ID. It’s like how some NRIs won’t get themselves an American passport because they still want to feel “Indian”.

It seems like a very ordinary scene out of the very ordinary life of a very ordinary family. Mustafa (Ali Suliman) is fooling around with his wife, Salwa (Lana Zreik), in the kitchen. She’s doing the whole mock-angry “stop it, the children will hear” thing. She’s also worried about his back, which has been acting up for a while, and she’s concerned that trying to lift her is going to aggravate his condition. For the same reason, she doesn’t like him working in his physically demanding construction job, but a job’s a job. She’s tried telling him she’s there and she can take care of things for a while. But he says, “How about you also give me pocket money?”

So let’s expand that opening line. It seems like a very ordinary scene out of the very ordinary life of a very ordinary family, where the husband is perhaps a bit patriarchal. But there’s something else, which is why Mustafa doesn’t know his son, Majd (Tawfeeq Nayfeh), has been hurt in a school fight. He asks the boy what happened. The boy says, “They started it. They called me a rotten West Banker, and they said really dirty words. I hate this school. I don’t want to go there.” When Mustafa asks why Majd didn’t tell him, he replies, “You are not here.”

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