Political TheaterPolitics is a belief system so strong its gravity exerts tidal force on other beliefs. Under politics’ pull, the incredible becomes credible, fiction becomes fact.
A photograph from the first Intifada (1987–1993), shows a Palestinian boy shot through the heart by Israeli occupation forces. The image has been widely circulated on social media. In one instance, the photograph is accompanied by this text: “The unarmed Palestinian boy just after being shot by an Israeli Police giving his last and freezing look at his killer. Why doesn’t this picture become viral and shared by people on their Facebook wall? Why? Why? Why?”
The photograph is fiction, a still frame from a film. Kingdom of the Ants [Mamlakat al-Naml] is a 2012 film by Tunisian director Chawki al-Majri, primarily known as a director of cliché-inclined television dramas. In Kingdom of the Ants, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is seen through the history of one family whose only true inheritance is the Palestinian political struggle.