Nadine Labaki .. Marie Antoinette sustainable development

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This was the director’s latest nomination contributions to the Oscar, and two days ago she appeared to us with a national campaign promoting agriculture as a way to confront the economic crisis in which the country is drowning. Labaki launched this campaign through social networking sites in a video that combines, according to the director, “most sustainable agricultural initiatives”, but in reality it includes people who are no more than “celebrities” or “influencers” in social media with attendees who are able to attract views. Among them are actors, comedians, and media, and the truth is that the campaign lacked only some political faces to be the expression of the Lebanese “elite” that Labaki aspires to embody in this video.In short, about thirty artists gathered to accomplish a video clip aimed at educating people on the importance of agriculture and citizen production for the food they need from vegetables, cheese and dairy. Here, we will not delve into the artistic value and performance level of this for “Seed My Heart”, as it suffices to say that he lacks creativity, originality and spontaneity, starting with his recovery of an old song that had appeared in one of Labaki’s films (Halaq Loen?), But with a change in the words. As for the call that this work carries, it reveals the naivete of the intelligent logic that establishes itself as a preacher to people without being truly familiar with the situations and crises in which it presents itself as an expert.

She took on the role of preacher previously as a preacher when she forbade the poor from multiplying, without paying attention to the mechanism of poverty as a cycle that recycles itself. Today, it advises these people themselves to cultivate their lands and balconies and make their cheeses without paying attention to simple facts such that there is someone who is economically non-existent to the extent that he does not have a shelter, let alone a land to cultivate. It was also missed that professional farmers suffer the two issues due to the state’s neglect of the agricultural sector, which leads to incurring losses that prevent their ability to invest in the land, so what about the ordinary citizen?

It was absent from work that the concerns of the Lebanese extend beyond the issue of hunger, and their aspirations are not limited to providing food. The most important question: Do you understand Labaki that the cost of buying one cow for the home “cheese and labneh” industry, in which the song is spinning, exceeds the purchasing power of most Lebanese citizens?

Labaki’s ignorance of the agricultural field was evident to the viewers who humiliated her with their sarcastic comments, and it looked like Marie Antoinette mirrored, that is, the version of the sustainable development programs, and instead of “Eat the biscuits” .. “Plant to eat”! One of them asked if Labaki was aware that “farmers do not eat or buy water until they irrigate the crops.” Some of the criticisms have touched on Labaki’s “class” and its separation from the actual concerns of the classes that are looking around, so one of its members asked: “If we planted, we parsley and parsley from where does the right of meat, school installments, electricity and phone bills?” .. Perhaps it is not surprising that Labaki responds to such questions by saying : “… And why do you need all this?”

The fact is that the director, who leaves the artist’s hat, until she wears the goggles of the sociologist, before she jumps into the personality of the political activist, has brought us back to a superficial level and an illusion of social approaches that lead to flimsy solutions disguised behind good intentions.

Perhaps the most flattering of this lucid approach to class issues is its denial of the class factor and its role in shaping social experiences, and consequently its denial of the class privilege that it personally enjoys and the necessity of such a dismantling and criticism that was most useful to be practiced by our distinguished exit before it overlooks us with its elite views and orientations. Finally, the director of the movie “Capernaum” reiterates the responsibility of the citizen, instead of the regime that you claim to rebel against, but it proves, time and time again, how deeply rooted it is and how well it is compatible with it.





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