Israel / Palestine 2014, 73 min, Arabic, Hebrew & English subtitles
“Write Down, I Am an Arab” tells the fascinating story of the Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish. His poetry molded Palestinian identity and helped shape entire generations on its behalf. Darwish grew up under a military government, which denied him freedom of movement and left him confined to the city of Haifa. In 1964 he wrote the defiant poem “Write down, I am an Arab”. The work succeeded in provoking the ire of the authorities. Darwish was sent to prison and became a national icon for the entire Arab world. Through his poetry, secret love letters that have only just been revealed, his intimate relationships and rare archival materials, we will get to know the man, the exile and the lover, whose words became the clarion call of the Palestinian people.
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