A ‘dance’ between two identities in Thiruvananthapuram


The lead character in the inaugural film of IFFK 2014, Dancing Arabs, doesn’t really dance as the name says.

The social and political realities surrounding the character, played by Tawfeek Barhom, make him ‘dance’ between two identities. “My dancing is horrible,” said Barhom at a press meet here on Saturday.

The movie by Eran Riklis has much to say about the discrimination faced by Eyad (Barhom), a teenaged Arab in an elite Israeli school, and the director was successful in conveying the idea.

An Arab in Israel

It is related to Barhom’s life in Israel being an Arab and so it was easy for him to do his debut film.

The actor also said that the message of the film is that an individual should not be discriminated or harassed on grounds of his nationality, religion or colour of the skin.

The film-makers should follow their instincts rather than going with the priorities of the audience, he added.

Italian director Marco Bellocchio and IFFK Programme Director Indu Srikant were present at the meet.

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