Write Down, I'm an Arab

, , 2014

“An appropriately poetic portrait of this influential voice … which ultimately teaches how much easier it is to love than to hate” – Point of View Magazine

Winner of the Audience Award at Doc Aviv, 2014 and Official selection Hot Docs, 2014. Mahmoud Darwish is the Palestinian national poet and one of the most influential writers of the Arab world. In 1964 Darwish was imprisoned for his defiant poem, Write Down, I am an Arab. At around this time he met and fell in love with Tamar Ben-Ami, a young Jewish-Israeli to whom he wrote love letters in Hebrew, which she kept secret for decades. Darwish was speech writer and confidant to Yasser Arafat, and for years during and after his exile, was a powerful voice for Palestinian people until his death in 2008. Through his poetry, secret love letters and exclusive archival materials, this film unearths the story behind the man who spoke for the Palestinian people.

73 mins/ Arabic, Hebrew (english subtitles)

director — Ibtisam Mara'ana Menuhin

category — The Situation (Hamatzav)