From Gun to Pen : The Palestinian Revolution Lives
This Is My Picture When I Was Dead. Directed by Mahmoud Al-Massad. Netherlands/Jordan, 2010.
This line is key to the mixture of personal and national history presented by director Mahmoud Al-Massad in This Is My Picture When I Was Dead. It begins with the shooting of father and son, Ma’moun and Bashir Mreish, in Athens in 1983, one of many Mossad assassinations of senior PLO cadres. The film then hints, and later confirms, that four-year old Bashir did not die, having been shielded in some way by the way his father had been holding him. It turns to relating the way his life unfolded beyond this ‘twist of fate’. Today, Bashir is an established political cartoonist, living with his mother in Amman, never having seen Palestine.
Je viens de voir que l’annonce de la mort du père de Mahmoud al-Massad, 1983, dans le New York Times est en ligne :
Palestinian Shot Dead By Gunmen in Athens - NYTimes.com
The press agency said the victim was Mamoun Meraish.
The police said the gunmen used pistols with silencers as they shot passengers in Mr. Meraish’s car as it waited at a traffic junction. Injured in the shooting were Mustafa Aran Ali, another Palestinian who was sitting next to the victim, and Mr. Meraish’s three children, aged 4, 9 and 13. The police said all were out of danger.