Masterful combo: Aya El Zinati’s video of Susan Abulhawa reading ‘Black’

During the recent power outages Gazan Aya El Zinati made this knockout video with clips of her friend Susan Abulhawa reading ‘Black’, a masterful harsh/heart-thrashing critical poem from her first volume of poetry My Voice Sought the Wind.

El Zinati’s artistry is mature, unexpected and disconcerting. A personal beauty-cultural-ness synchronizes, pulls in the viewer collapsing Abulhawa’s soothing luring voice with strong medicine/racist historical images, and it becomes a love poem. The fast pace and calm music (and Abulhawa always slays me ) rollercoaster’d me to tears in this four minute video.


About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Media

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  1. kayq says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Annie.

    It is absolutely beautiful.

    I need to get my hands on a copy of Susan Abulhawa’s new poetry volume.