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Still shot from the movie: Paradise Now.

Paradise Now

Growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp, Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman) agreed to die as martyrs if ever they are asked. When the request comes, the young men are forced to seriously consider their promise and to decide what they are willing to live or die for. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Theater Release: 27 Oct 2005
Video Release: 20 Mar 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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During filming, the cast and crew endured military attacks and sparked controversy in the community. To read an interview with the movie’s director, go to http://wip.warnerbros.com/paradisenow/. Click on About the Production and follow the link to A Conversation with Hany Abu-Assad.

What is the difference between fanaticism and dedicated commitment? What motivates these men to make the choices they do? What kinds of circumstances lend themselves to promoting this type of behavior? What effects do their choices have on the overall conflict and on the others around them?

One character says, “If there is no security for us, there will be none for them [the Israelis].” How does this attitude affect peace efforts? How do people adapt to living in a military zone? Why do the organizers send others to carry out the bombings rather than undertake the mission themselves? How do they exploit the weaknesses of the recruits? What does that say about their approach to the cause?

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