Final Revenge Series – De Groene Amsterdammer

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Siham, who was released after being detained, must go to the probation service. The social worker pronounces her name in Dutch. “Arrows” corrects the gloomy addressee. Only the third time the young woman behind the desk says it correctly. In this short dialogue alone, both are represented. A well-meaning civil servant, tries to gain confidence and motivation. Sihame is one block of unwillingness, distrust, defense and resistance. It may be a millimeter magnification, but it’s the attitude and tone of someone who grew up with discrimination, doesn’t want to talk to him, and hates her subordinate and vulnerable position. This confirms the presence of prejudice even with this professional. You know it from dramas and documentaries, and from my teaching experience sometimes practice: a wall. The woman suggests that it would be better if Siham went back to school. Well, forget it. Maybe adult education? ‘not necessary’. Then work: writing, cash register, operation? everything. ‘Bathed?’ ‘Yes please’. “Absolutely insane,” says the official, also inflated by a millimeter. Then she began to work: it is not far, a normal life: she drinks with girlfriends; town with your boyfriend; Marriage, children – anything is possible. Siham Not entertaining: “What is your opinion?” “You seem so smart to me.” ‘You too?’ But the other continues: “I’ve been working here for two years. Sooner or later, everyone will get it wrong. But when I look at you, I only see a smart, smart woman. ‘Are you ready?” The professional was disappointed: “Yes.” However, at the door, Siham said softly: “Thank you.” At what time ‘.

It is a beautiful scene. Sihame seems really clever, although it is quite unprofessional for the other to say that no one does, which suggests that all those others are pretty stupid; And intelligence excludes crime. But educational success can really help and she will try to encourage it: a shame if Siham doesn’t use her talents. Not only are the dialogues quite vibrant – the actors do an excellent job. Ahlam Taghdwini (Siham) can actually carry eight episodes, in their strictness, bitterness and anger. But also in flashbacks where a funny and somewhat wild girl still wants to be a psychiatrist when she grows up. What the Observer misses is that Seham has been hurt much more deeply than can be inferred from her detention. by an outspoken bastard and his miserable friends. With a shocking subculture in which girls are seduced, used, portrayed in sex, humiliated and shamed on social media – that’s the bliss of our time. Then they are banned, ostracized and abused. All this exists, as we know, and can lead to a broken life, even suicide (also found in the text). But Siham’s story is different in that she rejects the role of the victim and resists fiercely. Sihame is the ultimate revenge series.

Beautifully crafted on all fronts. Camera, production design, sound, music. Not only with an astonishing number of newcomers among the mostly young cast, but also among the most important core disciplines. The two directors are Shamira Rafaela and Lisette Dunckerslot – both debuts in a major feature production. Principal writer Laila Saher. Not The usual suspects So. And yes, it is no accident women. The concept from Ahmet Akabi – actor, presenter, screenwriter and producer – best known for the critically acclaimed and award-winning series. mocro . mafia. A man as an exhibitor, that is, but if his style is that this account of a horrific female fate should be, in substance and form, in the hands of women, then that is fine. A man of well-deserved influence, he has made and made the profile of a national actor through his projects a reflection of a multiform society, in terms of colour, culture and now also gender. Who uses his abilities against a hateful culture open And the shame. And against homophobia.

But I have a problem with Arrows. This is already being taken up by software makers, from the broadcast and production company to the performers. “Currently, the expression of aggression is limited to mainly male characters,” the directors stated in a press release. They show a feminine perspective in Siham “Those who are fearless and violently, and thus bypass victimhood and the culture of shame, regain their strength and break free from traditional norms.” in VolkskrantIn an interview, Dunckersloot says that as managers they don’t agree with “the public opinion that women should swallow everything or be seen as victims.” Maybe it’s the violence his arrows use, says Rafaela In your face. It’s okay if people feel uncomfortable about it and think: Is this necessary? It can be the starting point to talk about. For example, about what you should do if you find yourself in such a situation. I’m not getting into that conversation, very far from the target group of course. But yes, I am uncomfortable with the highly expert and detailed way in which Siham’s violent reprisals are portrayed. By the way, it’s not just violence that you commit. Also because of the boys’ pussy. And by others.

A young man studies himself at length in the mirror of his car. The truck driver is anxiously waiting for him to drive to take that spot. but not. An argument ensues. And the driver said in Turkish: O Fagot, shame on our people. They should hang you.” Boy, Turkish and gay really, he doesn’t react (logically) at first, but still: “Do you want to be fucked? You have to ask kindly. Listen carefully to your boss before they send you back to Turkey.’ Pig. ‘ ‘the fool.’ The boy runs away. Lucky for the viewer. But he celebrates too early. Just before the end of the second episode, the driver manages to find the boy in his barbershop. He beats him in a disgusting way. When the boy lay unconscious on the doorstep, the driver with the door briefly broke his arm. : “You wanted to fuck me, didn’t you?” Yes, its makers are clearly on the right track and showing us how hateful homophobia is. But I find the well-executed scene in itself disgusting. I’ve already seen Siham criticize in the name of justice and revenge and decided to skip Episodes three to seven with that extra horror. Will the final episode provide any light, breath? Without too Spoil On the behavior and fate of Sihames: The answer is no.

I was forever made fun of myself by handsome often Benoza (also KRO-NCRV) because of what I call “detailed violence”. Bee Arrows I do it again. I don’t really believe in the injection theory, according to which showing violence directly leads to the perpetration of violence. But I seriously wonder if Arrows is a contribution to what Empowerment of young women and/or gay men. Violence makes me give in, but that’s not important in this context. Is it a starting point for the conversation that Raphala is aiming for? If the extreme ‘reclaiming your strength’ as ​​Siham does isn’t the answer, what options are available to the victims? And would the bastards with this matter in their conscience fear the possibility of setting Siame as a cake and try to destroy it? What will they do on their own? It’s a fictional revenge, and who hasn’t gotten it after suffering massive damage from malevolence? But as far as I’m concerned, ‘liberating violence’ goes a long way, for good reason.

Shamira Rafaella, Lisette Dunckersloot (Director); Laila Saher (lead author), Arrows, KRO-NCRV, eight parts, Sundays since August 28, NPO 3, 8.15 p.m. To binge on NPO Plus.

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