Breaking through

Paradise Now, a compelling film about Palestinian despair in the occupied territories, has won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. In his acceptance speech, Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad called for a Palestinian state and saw the award as “a recognition that the Palestinians deserve their liberty and equality unconditionally.”

Palestinian films are a rarity in the US, making this win even more significant. Worldwide recognition of the “other” side has become unstoppable.

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