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This film is a fine comic gem. Salam is a quiet 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem. He nails a job, working as an intern voice coach on a popular Palestinian soap opera. He's broke, but is not afraid to voice any objections to the script - even a single word, he thinks is not fitting.The film opens with the movie set playing out with the actors. This film wasmade in Ramallah. Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. he gets pulled over by asking the female guard if the word "explosive" is the wrong word - an insult- in fact, to use to describe a woman. That word is in the script and he objects to it. The female guard reacts to that word and that's why he is pulled over. he meets the commander of the check point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. Assi gets involved in the writing of the show. Salam soon realises that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. His creative career catches fire until Assi and the show’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Caught in the 'crossfire" the Army officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final surprise of creative genius.
RAFIKI (Directed by Wanuri Kahiu) ***
Homophobia is a universal evil rampant in even the smallest corners of African cities. This film sensitively and with great subtlety brings tow teenage Kenyan girls together. but as they fall in love, malicious forces come into play -- one being the fact that both fathers are running against one another in the upcoming election. Still, despite intense obstacles, love prevails. Friends is the translation of the title. In this film, the two protagonists move from not liking one another in the beginning to loving one another. A lovely film. with slow moving nuances.