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Plot: A young Arab is caught between cultures as he is sent to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Israel in the 1980s.
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Phenomenology of Identity
Eran Riklis in collaboration with gifted writer Sayed Kashua has brought to the screen a thoughtful and riveting film based on Kashua’s ‘Dancing Arabs’. Released in North America as ‘A Borrowed Identity’, it unfortunately is shown only in select art houses, to a limited audience. ‘Borrowed Identity’ has come on to the American scene at a time of racial and ethnic tension, which in the US context is a reflection of the strain in defining who and what a person is. Kashua’s script is informed in the ongoing debate in Israel for its Arab citizens of what its means to be an Israeli, at a time of rabid Jewish nationalism: at a time when the degenerative Zionist elite dreams of expelling 20 percent of Israel’s population, i.e., Arabs of the right of citizenship. ‘A Borrowed Identity’, in a Hegelian trope, in a rude dialectic informs us that the only way Eyad, a gifted Arab Israeli, can find complete fulfillment in Israel is to become a Jew by assuming the identity of Jonathan, his doppelganger, who dies after a long bout of muscular dystrophy, with the complicity of the deceased Israeli’s mother. Riklis’ film should strike a chord in America in the light of the Rachel Dozeal brouhaha, whereby a white woman passes as black. The connection is problematic? And the climate in the US is hardly welcoming for understanding the plight of Arab citizens of Israel, who, as it turns out, are ‘les negres d’ Israel’. There is nothing to fault in the probing eye of Riklis’ camera. Yael Abecassis is as ever the embodiment of discernment as Jonathan’s mother, the young Tawfeek Barhom has a shrewd understanding of the film’s protagonist Eyad; he infuses his character with a delicate understanding of the transformation of what Hegel calls the alter ego and then becoming Jonathan. However the love angle is predictable, but creditable, and shows the limits of Israeli liberalism. Above all, the talents of Riklis and Kashua have produced a film worthy of prizes, which the hands of less talented artists would render ‘Dancing Arabs’ cartoon like if not soppy in sentimentality.
A good job from Riklis (and Kashua)
Before its release, this movie was given a subtitle. It’s now “Dancing Arabs: A Borrowed Identity.” Just as well. The only dancing I recall in the movie is dancing around the loaded issue of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The young protagonist is the only Arab in his school, and he makes friends with individuals while suffering discrimination in the broader social structure. It’s no new observation that individuals from opposing groups can get along fine even as those groups as a whole seem to insist on remaining irreconcilable. The author of the story, Sayed Kashua, has been accepted by Jewish Israeli society while still identifying with the Arab community that is largely anti-Israeli, and the movie shows Arab hostility as counterproductive on the one hand while also showing the behavior of some Israeli Jews– again, not so much individuals as groups– as intolerant. According to Kashua, the movie is roughly autobiographical. With his books, along with a series of newspaper columns and a comical TV series about the stresses of being an Arab in Jewish-dominated Israeli society, Kashua won plaudits in Israel and this movie was set for a big opening when, as will happen, war with Gaza broke out. The opening was postponed for some months. At more or less the same time, Kashua received an opportunity to take up a temporary position in the USA and when he left Israel he declared glumly that he wasn’t sure he would ever bother to return. So a pall is cast over the film, although the film itself is a good job from Eran Riklis, whose movies are often about individuals on a journey that helps them understand who they are.
Original Language he
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Eran Riklis
Writer Sayed Kashua
Actors Tawfeek Barhom, Razi Gabareen, Yaël Abecassis
Country Israel, Germany, France
Awards 1 win & 5 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory B-MAC, B-MAC (dailies)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A