‘Fabrication of reality’: Why the film Amira drew Arab scorn

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In September 2021, an Arab movie became the talk of the Venice Film Festival. Amira tells the coming-of-age story of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl. Her father, an anti-Israeli freedom fighter, has been sentenced to imprisonment. So, in order to carry on his family line, he has his sperm smuggled out of jail. The eponymous Amira, played by Palestinian-Jordanian actress Tara Abboud, learns that her father is infertile – and that his “smuggled sperm” belongs to an Israeli prison guard. Incredibly, the movie is partly based on ‘true events’, where the controversy – and acrimony – begins. Since 20…

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