Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said/Edward Said: The Last Interview [2 Discs] [DVD]

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  • Closed Captioned


Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said
The life and legacy of Palestinian-born intellectual Edward Said is explored in this biographical documentary that takes its title from the history, philosophy, literature, music, and political critic's 2000 memoir of the same name. Known primarily in the United States for his lifelong struggle to voice the plight of the Palestinian people, Said was a constant proponent of reconciliation and coexistence. In this film, documentary director Makoto Sato blends passages from Said's memoir and various writings with home movie footage dating back to 1947 as well as interviews with a wide variety of Arab, Israeli, and American cultural critics. The resulting tribute to Said not only celebrates the influential thinker's personal life, but the endless importance of his life work as well. With appearances by such high profile historians, politicians, artists, and colleagues as Daniel Baremboim, Noam Chomsky, Elias Khoury, and Dan Rabinowitz, Out of Place offers telling testament to the lasting impact that one individual can have on the world when they are truly dedicated to making a positive change. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Edward Said: The Last Interview
Prominent Columbia University English and Comparative Literature professor Edward Said was well known in the United States for his tireless efforts to convey the plight of the Palestinian people, and in this film shot less than a year before his death resulting from incurable leukemia, the author of such books as Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism, and Power, Politics, and Culture discusses with filmmakers his illness, his life, his education, and the continuing turmoil in Palestine. Diagnosed with the disease in 1991, Said struggled with his leukemia throughout the 1990s before refraining from interviews due to his increasingly fragile physical state. This interview was the one sole exception to his staunch "no interview" policy, and provides fascinating insight into the mind of the man who became Western society's most prominent spokesman for the Palestinian cause. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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