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'Dégradé': Black comedy offers fresh take on Middle Eastern conflict

'Dégradé': Black comedy offers fresh take on Middle Eastern conflict
By Euronews

<p>‘Dégradé’ is a black comedy by Palestinian twin brothers <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5584045/">Arab</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5657422/">Tarzan Nasser</a>.</p> <p>Just like its authors, the film is banned in Gaza, and was shot in neighbouring Jordan. It takes place in a beauty salon in Gaza, where thirteen women find themselves trapped inside as gunfight erupts in the street. The battle is over a lion – the story is based on true events, when a lion was kidnapped from a zoo in Gaza a decade ago.</p> <p>Far from all the cliches about war in the Middle East, the film transcends the male-dominated culture and examines the daily lives of ordinary Palestinian women.</p> <p>As violence intensifies outside, tension builds inside the stifling salon where Gaza’s intermittent power supply leaves the women without electricity.</p> <p>The absurdity of the situation reflects that of a country held hostage by its violent, internecine history. </p> <p>A play on words referring both to a hair style and the deteriorating situation in Gaza, ‘Dégradé’ is not without its flaws but offers such a refreshing take on the Middle Eastern conflict that you have to forgive the Nasser brothers for its weak moments. </p> <p><img src="http://www.euronews.com/media/download/articlepix/degrade-cb59-bb-060516.jpg" alt="" /></p>