'Zahra': Memory of the Open Wound on the Homeland Heartache

Funon Journal (Spring 2013) pp. 68-72

7 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020

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Hilmi Zawati

Centre for International Accountability and Justice (CIAJ).

Date Written: May 12, 2013


This is an analysis of Mohammad Bakri's most recent documentary film 'Zahra' (60 minutes). It focuses on the exodus of a Palestinian family (Zahra & Hassan Bakri Family), who were forced to flee their Biane village to Lebanon during the Nakba in 1948. Zahra, Mohammad Bakri’s aunt from his mother’s side, is an extraordinary woman who secretly returned after 40 days to Biane from southern Lebanon at night with her two little children, Fatima and Mohammad. When Zahra's husband (Hassan) was deceased in the late 1960s, she strived to sustain the family and to raise their 10 children. Zahra is now approximately 83 years old and has more than three dozen grandchildren!

Note: Downloadable document is in Arabic.

Keywords: Mohammad Bakri, Zahra Bakri, Hassan Bakri, Palestinian cinema, Palestinian Nakba, Arab-Israeli conflict, modern Arabic literature, Biane village

Suggested Citation

Zawati, Hilmi, 'Zahra': Memory of the Open Wound on the Homeland Heartache (May 12, 2013). Funon Journal (Spring 2013) pp. 68-72, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264365

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