“Pārkūr al-Quds”. The Body in a Palestinian Short Film

in La rivista di Arablit, a. X, n. 20, dicembre 2020, pp. 31-44.

This article focuses on the analysis of a short film by Ḥamdī al-Ḥurūb, Faḍā’ al-aziqqah (Palestine 2013), that tells the story of an act of resistance by a group of young Palestinians who practice parkour in the Old City of Jerusalem. Here, the act of “disobedience” by young people acquires a particular value. After a brief presentation of the plot of the short film, my attention turns to the centrality of body movements in the scenes, to the power of words and to the means of communication used by young people to gain visibility.


Parkour, the acrobatic street sport, was co-founded in France in the first half of the 1980s by David Belle and Hubert Koundé. It consists of acrobatic movements of the body in carrying out vaults, jumps, running, climbing, swaying, rolling, plyometrics, quadrupedals, all at great speed and without any support equipment. Because of its significant performative value, it has become the subject of various films. This sport favours the expression of identity among young people in urban contexts. It is enough to consider just a few examples, such as Banlieu 13 (2004) and its sequel Banlieu 13 – Ultimatum (2009), both conceived by Luc Besson and directed, respectively, by Pierre Morel and Patrick Alessandrin, or the American remake, Brick Mansions (2014), directed by Camille Delamarre.


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