A Bottle in the Sea of Gaza. Advertised as a pacifist message of hope and reconciliation is based on the two solitudes premise, ostensibly in the film that posits the secular perspective of bridging societies uniting them in the process by common humanitarian, political, social and economic concerns. The sub-text of the film however is the real two solitudes is between the Israel founded by Herzl based on the secular homeland concept or a homeland based on Jewish law and following an orthodox view of faith in all its equally fragmented and intense passions and rivalries.
The film is another shot across the bow; another vision of the one state solution of everyone living in an ideal socialist utopia on the thirty-third parallel. As opposed to a one state Biblical invocation of Land of Israel for the Jewish people and the variant form of “end of days” and strains of messianism leading to a new golden age. Add to that groups of the “awakening of the lost ten tribes” and other profound stirrings, and one can see the battle of hearts and minds is in full press mode….
( see link) ….Tal Levine is 17, a young Jew who lives in Jerusalem with her parents and older brother. Naïm Al-Farjouk is 20, a Palestinian youth who dreams of a better life outside Gaza, where he was born. As the dove flies, only about 100 kilometres separate the two. But more than distance keeps them apart. Jew and Arab, rich and poor, Tal and Naïm are from two different worlds, never to speak.
But what if they tried?
That was the premise behind French author Valérie Zenatti’s young-adult novel Une bouteille dans la mer de Gaza, published in 2005 and translated into English as Message In A Bottle. In the book, the two protagonists engage in a spirited series of email exchanges, which begin after Tal naively sends a message in a bottle to the people of Gaza, down the Mediterranean coast. Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Review+Bottle+Gaza/6343261/story.html#ixzz1sx3pLinE
“If, like me, you think we should learn to know each other, for all sorts of reasons but mainly because we want to get on with living our lives in peace because we’re young, then send me a reply,” Tal writes….
She leaves an email address where she can be reached: email@example.com – ‘babouk’ meaning ‘bottle’ in Hebrew – then puts the letter in a bottle and gives it to her brother, Eytan. He’s a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, and has access to a stretch of beach along the border with Gaza. Secretly, Eytan throws the bottle into the sea, and it drifts south. Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Review+Bottle+Gaza/6343261/story.html#ixzz1sx5RUgyx
The premise of the film is based on pacifism as an abstraction of middle-class values, one concerned with the fear
the individual’s contamination of the soul while advocating a spiritual laissez-faire attitude which itself tends to generate the insecurity, anxiousness and trauma of violence and war it seeks to remedy. The ideology of the film is Zionism; the line of the anthem, Hatikva, “to be free” , the absence of the past, the absence of social constraints, even a repressing of revolutionary change.
That the pacifist is not launching the rockets or killing the Palestinians might even be more revolting than those on the front lines of the conflict: a fence is probably more disgusting than a thief, and a pimp worse than a hooker. Let someone else do the heavy lifting and harvest the benefit for the sanctity of their own soul. There is a slimy moral aspect to this, “values” which are actually hyper individualism and the self-serving; like the anarchist “peace activists” in Israel who play the “game” of empathy without authentic engagement. An intra bourgeois fratricide and shindig. Even if the utopian aspect of this film were realized, a John Lennon “Imagine” scenario, the violence would still go on; it would just be channeled to a coercive state structure….