Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Salt of This Sea

I knew Suheir Hammad as a great poet and spoken word artist. In fact, I first saw her that same night I first saw Staceyann Chin, when both were in Def Poetry Jam on Broadway a few years ago. I've attended a couple of her poetry readings since then. She's an important artist, I think. I did not know that she's also an actor. She plays the lead role in the Palestinian film Salt of This Sea, directed by Annemarie Jacir and scheduled to be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, which begins next week. Here's the trailer.

And here's a nuanced review by Maymanah Farhat, up today at Electronic Intifada.