The Moth, a true story experience

Why The Moth? Ask George Dawes Green, the poet and best-selling novelist who is the Founder of The Moth. George wanted to recreate, in New York, the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, where he and his friends would gather on his friend Wanda’s porch to share spellbinding tales. There was a hole in the screen which let in moths that were attracted to the light, and the group started calling themselves The Moths. The first New York Moth event was held in George’s living room, but word spread fast, and the events soon moved to cafes and clubs throughout the city. Audiences are drawn to the […]

Another story from Dheisheh camp, by Jamal Khalil Saal

Jamal Khalil Saal lives in Dheisheh, a camp near Bethlehem. This story is also a story told in Until then, a documentary by Dahna Abourahme. When I was fifteen, tells Jamal, I was imprisoned once, then a second time, so I wasn’t able to finish school. I was forced to work and I worked in a restaurant and got started in this business. I was sixteen when I started. I like this work, I like it a lot. When I was a kid, I used to joke around that I was going to be a cook… but originally I wanted to study. About fifteen years ago, tells Emad Daoud (the […]

Al Naqab prison, a true story from Dheisheh camp, near Bethlehem

Al Naqab prison, a true story from Dheisheh camp, near Bethlehem

This is one of the true stories that can be seen in Until when, a documentary by Dahna Abourahme. Until when, a documentary by Dahna Abourahme The first time I was imprisoned, Emad Mohamed Saleh Daoud tells the camera, I was just twelve years old. In 1982, there were the beginnings of a small intifada, I was young, people were throwing stones and I did too. During the 1st intifada, because of the increase in detentions, the Israelis started opening prisons all over the place. In the Al Naqab desert, they created a prison using barbed wire that holds 5000 people (Ansar II, Al Naqab prison). I was there when […]

La trahison d’une terrasse, une histoire vraie de Najwa Barakat

La trahison d’une terrasse, une histoire vraie de Najwa Barakat

Najwa Barakat, écrivaine libanaise, raconte dans son roman La Locataire du Pot de fer, paru à L’Harmattan en 1997, cette histoire vraie qu’elle m’avait d’ailleurs racontée à Beyrouth en juin dernier : Nous étions plusieurs à avoir vingt ans ce jour-là, lorsque nous nous rendîmes chez Paul qui habitait tout près de la fac. Nous étions plusieurs aussi à nous rappeler qu’il fallait bien baisser la tête en escaladant à quatre pattes les dalles cassées des marches, jusqu’au dernier étage où Paul vivait seul avec sa maman dans un appartement petit, mais doté d’une grande terrasse. La tête – étant la seule partie rebelle du corps qui s’entêtait à dépasser […]