LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Paradise Now, Monday, February 3 at 6:45 pm. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Public Library.
This disturbing yet moving tale examines two Palestinian childhood friends who live in Nablus and are drafted as suicide bombers. Their assignment is in Tel Aviv. Paradise Now focuses on what would be their last days together. Their handlers from an unidentified resistance group tell them the attack will be the next day. The men record videos glorifying Allah and their cause and bid their unknowing families and loved ones good-bye.
The next day they shave off their hair and beards and don suits in order to look like Israelis. Their handlers attach explosive belts to them. The handlers are the only ones with the keys needed to remove the belts without detonating them. However, the men have second thoughts about being suicide bombers. One of the men has fallen in love with Suha. She plays the role of doubter and the men’s conscience.
Instead of portraying the men as soulless monsters, film director Hany Abu-Assad, attempts to humanize them and find reasons why they would accept such a drastic, tragic fate. This 2005 film won a Golden Globe award for best foreign language film and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Previous films shown as a part of this series are now displayed on a separate shelf at the library as a part of their DVD collection. Library patrons are urged to check this collection when in the library.