Students teach Athar Al Hakim the Palestinian accent

Published February 27th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian director Muhsin Khader asked some Palestinian students who are currently studying at different Egyptian educational institutes, to help teach Egyptian actress Athar Al Hakim the Palestinian accent and vocabulary. Athar is to master the Palestinian accent before the filming of her upcoming film “Al Kharaz Al Milawan” (Colored Beads) based on Mohammed Salmawi’s story, scripted by Mohammed al Basousi and directed by Ahmed Khader. 


According to the London based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Athar will be playing the role of the prominent Palestinian writer Jacqueline Khoury, who fled Palestine after the 1948 war with the Jews.  

The series is about the Arab Israeli conflict since the 1947 UN resolution regarding Palestine division into two states. A hefty budget exceeding 10 million pounds has been allocated for the film, which will be partially shot inside the Media Production City. A number of actors from Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt will co-star in the new TV series including Riyadh al Khouli and Mohammed Riyadh.  


Some documentary film contents from the occupied lands will be screened within the series.  

“I play the role as Jacqueline Khoury since her childhood and youth in Java and Jerusalem in addition to her ties with the most prominent Palestinian movement symbols in view of the fact that her father is Java mayor. Jaclyn moves to Cairo after the Israeli occupation forces kill all her family members including her parents. She decides to continue with the journey of resistance through journalism in Egypt,” Hakim said.  


She added, “the series includes a number of political failures and explains the Egyptian and Arab role in confronting the Zionist and Jewish lobby since 1947 and 1948 war. This is in addition to the painful events, which followed the war, and how the issue has reached this stage of devastation, atrocities and brutality by Sharon against the armless Palestinian people in their cities, villages and refugee camps. It also includes the criminal acts which killer Sharon commits against the Palestinians holy shrines including the siege imposed on the Nativity Church and al Aqsa Mosque.”  


The Egyptian actress believes that Arabs should address the conscience of the world with its various sectarian groups because, according to her, art is the society’s mirror. “We must provide the artworks which depict the Palestinians’ suffering and their legitimate resistance of occupation because the Zionists have their own media which publish false information and images. –  

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