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In the coastal areas (the Tihama) there is also a distinctive kind of sung poetry. Humayni verse, written in dialect by educated and highly literate Yemenis living and working either abroad or far from their homes inside the country, is set to music and sung by highly trained and accomplished musicians. ” Traditional music was almost always sung with instrumental accompaniment (the oud, which resembles a lute and various kinds of drums played by hand), but it was heavily frowned upon in Wahhabi areas of the Peninsula following the movement’s rise in the 18th century and became a significant art form only in the southern region.

Second, Pini pays his last visit to Michal who, he now fully understands, has no place in her heart for him. His speech eerily conjures up farewell addresses to the camera by Islamic fundamentalist suicide bombers before they embark on their mission. He tells Michal, “I came to say goodbye. There is something calming in it. edu 41 Shemer... calls Itamar to reaffirm and finalize the execution of the plan. We may suggest then that in this film the issue of Jewish terrorism and, specifically, the fervor with which some radical, Messianic Jews might seek to blow up the Muslim holy sites in order to clear the way to build the Third Temple over their ruins, are parried away.

For the most part the film’s narrative is told in a highly realistic fashion; the story unfolds linearly, the characters are believable, and almost all camera movements are natural, corresponding to our eye and body movements. Conversely, in the two final shots, 1. , Transnational Cinema, The Reader (London: Routledge, 2006), p. 10. 2. Journal of Film and Video, Vol. 60, Nos. 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2008), pp. 3-24. 3. Jean Baudrillard, The Spirit of Terrorism, trans. by Chris Turner (London: Verso, 2002), pp.

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