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more of Fawath

As I posted before: she's 10 and I'm still amazed, two months later, that I actually got her to stop working long enough for this shot. She was the only one of the 90+ kids who wanted to stay behind after the late August show in Ramallah to help us pack it up [the theatre-tech phrase is "strike the show".] And she was eager to find out how things worked: puppets, poles, telescoping struts, the detachable bed for Granny [part of which is on the floor behind her to her L.]

Especially the dragon puppet fascinated her --- to the tip of its tail, it is longer than she is tall, by about 1.5 meters. Marie and I helped her hold it up and out properly --- one handle in each hand, with all the cords straight --- and her arms are short but she compensated perfectly and ran around the stage, kinda balancing it astride one small hip and threatening the parents and making its jaws clack, and its tail thrash ominously.

This is a fake skull she's playing with, from one of the Western skits, and I asked her to hold it up on her head like a cap. There's a certain formality associated with photographs in Palestinian culture, so this half-smile was all she would give me.

Of course she totally reminds me of Kiota's half-smile too: they both used that a lot.

I'm sure, at these points in their two lives, to vastly different effects.

Eternity comes in many forms.


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Nov. 9th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Forgot to mention that Marie and Tonio make all their props, mostly out of stuff they find on the street [they usually are street performers unless they get lucky and pick up a government contract or two --- this one was from Germany and France as well.] The "authentic" Western skull is made out of paiper-maiche and thick broom handles which have been carved and sanded.
Nov. 10th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Papier-maché and broom handles. It looks good. I am impressed. :)
Nov. 10th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Thank you for finally showing us this full picture and what it means. It's an amazing shot, it really is. And the expression on her face makes it more than anything. That half-smile.

I am not surprised about the association with Anna; I thought there was something like that going on.

Like you see something of her everywhere you go, in so many, many small things.

*understanding hugs*

Nov. 10th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
I feel like there is something sad in those eyes. Can definitely see the similarity with Ki's smile, too.
Nov. 10th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, possibly. A whole life doesn't happen in one afternoon. But, whatever sadness you might see was totally covered up by joy and delight for most of those hours. I didn't consciously realize the parallel smile effect for quite a while there ... until I was back here, in fact.

I just loved it when she sat next to me. It was a link.

I also loved it when Kiota got to go to her kids in Cambodia with me as a bridge.
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