Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is January 6 – 12.
Pleasures and free time – in an occupied environment. This video projects in a rhythm defined by pictures and music what this means for Palestinians. “Movement is circumscribed and the threat of violence often hangs overhead. This creates the strongest of desires for the smallest of pleasures, and a sharp sense of humour about the absurdities that a 65-year occupation has produced.”
Molhem Barakat was just 18 when he took his last photo for of the Syrian war for Reuters. War correspondents are upset about his death, writes Foreign Policy. German journalist Wolfgang Bauer says in the article: “If you’re 17 and need to feed your family by photography in a war area, that’s a very, very dangerous combination.” Read the full article here.
Press freedom groups call for the release of Bahraini photographer Ahmed Al-Fardan who has been held without charge since 26 December 2013. Both the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders criticized the arrest.Read both their main critiques combined in Greenslade´s blog on the Guardian here.
Apples of the Golan trailer
Apples of the Golan is a feature documentary about the diverse lives of Syrian Arabs in the Golan Heights in between Syria and Israel. A review in Jadaliyya says that “Apples of the Golan tries to show the many contested identities and narratives in the Golan; as a result, we can only catch a glimpse of each aspect. The film makes no claims to be deep study of any one particular issue or aspect of life in the Golan Heights. But it is worth watching, as a nuanced and sensitive sampling of life in a deeply contested slice of land whose intricacies are paradoxically unknown across both its East and West borders.”.
The film will be released online on the film´s website in March 2014.
Al Jazeera chronicles the Tuareg struggle for an independent homeland. See the photos here.