Arafat, My Brother | Chicago Reader

Arafat, My Brother

From Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi (Haifa) comes this first-person video documentary about two brothers who helped transform the political landscape of the Middle East. Early in the video Masharawi explains on-screen that he's seeking a message of hope and guidance from Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat, but the video maker is barred from Ramallah. In Cairo he meets Arafat's younger brother, Dr. Fathi Arafat, president of the Palestine Red Crescent Society; together they fly to Paris, where a stoic Fathi undergoes chemotherapy for stomach cancer. The doctor shares some family memories, but he's fairly tight-lipped about politics, so Mashawari, still trying to divine the future of Palestine, begins a fictional film within the film. In English and subtitled Arabic and French. 75 min.

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