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So today we are talking about the project at the VSM festival in London’s Southbank. It feels that it has being quite some time since we were walking in the streets of Ramalah in the middle of the night but the memories are very fresh in my mind and I believe they will be for a long while. It doesnt matter how much you read or hear about the region and its conflicts, to go over there is a unique experience and makes you understand the complexity and difficulty faced by those who wants to live in peace. I for once realize that its better to keep shut as I humbly take a step back and admit that its a far deeper situation than I expected and I feel I am far from being able to contribute with any valid input.
Having said that, I can talk about my own experience there, the one that happened inside my head. I saw that most people there are the same. Flesh, bones and a desire to get on with their lives. By far the most hospitable people I have ever encounter in my travels (I have traveled quite a bit). Thats in both sides, the Israeli and the Palestinian. Ok, we have not being in the most dangerous places such as the south (now at risk of a new war) and we did not spoke to the ones that had being involved in previous battles, but that wasn’t our goal. We leave that role to the BBC and Ross Kemp. They are the ones that put themselves as holders of the truth. Such a dangerous position. No truth can be communicated. When communicated it always have compromises within or is bias.
We want to raise a discussion. Get people that would not necessarily talk about such relevant subject to each other to have a dialogue. To be surprised by finding the guy in the other side of the border actually thinks in a similar way to you. We want to throw the question in the air, just like the guy in the picture is throwing the sweet in the air, and let it reverberate, hit the walls, makes its course.
How far it will go it depends on us and by that I mean you too. Get involved. Let us know your thoughts.
So yes, we went inside Palestine. No it wasn’t scary as this isn’t the Hamas controlled south. Nonetheless it was an experience that brought mixed feelings to my head. No Israeli can come with us to cross the checkpoints into Palestine. Our contact whom took us inside was called Rajai. Great guy, open minded, friendly and incredibly helpful. We met him in Jerusalem with Kutiman but then Kuti had to go back as it is dangerous for him to cross the checkpoints due to the tension that runs in the region. The tension occurs as a result of many years of fighting for control of the area and although there hasnt being any fight for many years there are still resentment from both parts towards each other. Its complicated and I am not in a position to explain. What I can say is that life inside the walls is vibrant, people are friendly and I would have stayed for longer if I could. We have asked a few key people there about the meaning of freedom and as you might imagine the answers were quite interesting.
As we have established a few posts ago, we don’t want to make a political film but that becomes a challenge as soon as you hit the record button and ask people to speak.
On the next day Rajai wisely tweeted
”#freedomis breakfast in Tel Aviv falafel in east jerusalem,hummos shawerma beer nargeeleh for dinner in #palestine”
This is the tumblr page for a unique collaboration between You Tube mashup king Kutiman and director Pedro De La Fuente and DOP Matty Lambert from Bigballs Films for the Vision Sound Music festival on London's Southbank.
The idea is simple... combine Kutiman's remixing talents with Pedro's film making expertise to create a documentary short filmed in Israel and Palestine that poses a simple question - 'what is freedom?'
Together they'll be meeting an incredible mix of characters - from musicians to politicians, shopkeepers to students as well as allowing the audience to become involved through the twitter hashtag #freedomis So get involved:
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