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Subaru-Mercedes

Sami Monayer (b. 1956) articulates the complexity of his range of possible identities (Arab/Christian/Israeli/Palestinian) situated between what he describes as “Eastern” and “Western” cultures. While he attempts to express his position, his wife and daughters (heard off-camera) interrupt him, arguing with his self-definitions. Sami traces the oscillations between his sense of belonging to and alienation from both Israelis and Palestinians as a member of the Christian minority within the Muslim minority, within the Jewish majority of Israel. The title of the video links two distinct types of cars popularly associated in contemporary Israel with Arabs (Subaru) and Israelis (Mercedes).

Video, 6:00 minutes, 2009.