Jesse Eisenberg’s Involvolvement With Israel&Gaza Themed Art

From http://animalnewyork.com:

«Jesse Eisenberg is starring in a new movie that uses Brooklyn’s Red Hook as a backdrop for the war-torn Gaza Strip, but has recreated Palestinian propaganda posters without using proper Arabic.

A scene set up on Thursday for Louder Than Bombs called for female actors wearing headscarves — presumably Palestinian Muslims — who were instructed to scream and run past a wall plastered in graffiti, the Palestinian flag, and Palestinian propaganda. But the writing on the latter set of posters doesn’t make sense.

Unlike English script, in Arabic, letters are connected to form a word. In the posters on the set of Louder Than Bombs, these connections are missing, making the Arabic look like a WingDings font rather than words. ANIMAL’s photographer Aymann Ismail was on the scene and noted, “It’s Arabic, but it looks like they didn’t do any homework.”

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The translated text seems like it should read, from right to left, “Together we are strong” and “In the memory of a martyr and a son for his efforts in fighting injustice/tyranny.”

ANIMAL reached out to the film’s primary production company, the French-based Memento Films, via e-mail, as well as NYC-based Animal Kingdom, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Louder Than Bombs is the English-language debut from Norwegian director Joachim Trier about a family that struggles to reconcile conflicting memories of the family matriarch, a late war photographer. Jesse Eisenberg and Devin McKenzie Druid play the sons, Gabriel Byrne stars as their father, and Isabelle Huppert stars the photographer. The movie began filming in New York September 5th.

(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)»

My comment: this is a film I look forward to watch, the director has made beautiful new wave films before, and it stars Jesse Eisenberg ’nuff said. Here’s the opening montage of Trier’s film Oslo, August 31st:

From http://www.independent.co.uk:

«Safety fears, political opposition and controversy have prevented the majority of Western acts scheduled to appear inIsrael over the past weeks from doing so.

The Backstreet Boys, Cee Lo Green and Megadeth are among the many who have cancelled live shows in the country, as thedeath toll in Gaza reaches over 1,834 Palestinians – many casualties of which are civilian – since the Israel Defence Forcesbegan its military campaign “Protective Edge” on 8 July.

More than a quarter of Gaza’s 1.8 million residents have been displaced and as many as 3,000 Palestinian homes are said to have been destroyed or damaged.

Meanwhile, Israel has lost 64 soldiers in combat and three civilians to Palestinian cross-border rocket and mortar fire that has emptied many of its southern villages.

So it would have been an easy, and perhaps advisable, decision for actor Jesse Eisenberg to follow suit and cancel his trip to the country last week.

However, the Social Network actor – who is of Polish and Ukrainian Jewish descent – decided to honour his arrangement to perform in the Hebrew translation of his play The Revisionistat the ZOA House theatre in Tel Aviv.

The Revisionist tells the story of an American-Jewish writer who visits his aunt – a Holocaust survivor – in Poland in a bid to appease his writer’s block.

“I had a trip planned prior to the war breaking out and I kept my plan. I knew I would be safe where I was going, I thought I’d be OK to go and I was,” he told The Independent’s Jessica Bartlett.

Far from being criticised for his decision, Eisenberg – who recently appeared in The Double and Night Moves – said that the response to his work was “wonderful”.

“The fact that it was on during this critical time made it a little different; my play is about reconciliation of the past and overcoming differences, so it’s not like a play that in any way is in conflict with what people over there want to talk about now.

“That night in the theatre there was a discussion afterwards and it was about reconciliation and family and things that people wanted to address, especially in this difficult time.”

Eisenberg stopped short of giving his own opinion on Israel-Gaza – unlike an ever-growing number of famous faces who have passed comment on the conflict.

Wonder Woman star Gal GadotBill MaherJoan Rivers and Angelina Jolie’s father, the veteran actor Jon Voight, have all expressed their support for the IDF.

Meanwhile Zayn Malik, Rihanna, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardemand Russell Brand have declared their support for the plight of the displaced Palestinian people.»

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