Passports, Mo Salah, Jinn and Other Complicated Things
3 months ago
11 Jul 2023
Part of the Arab Arts Festival
For Palestinians, places and journeys have different meanings than others. Cities, towns, villages, borders, transport, passports and identity all carry history and existential issues.
From being writers based in the UK, Dubai or Brazil, to having passports thrown in their faces while asked intimate questions at airports or checkpoints, Ahmed and Farah process this experience differently. As writers, they observe, write and often fill forms for other Palestinians who have never travelled before.
“What is your name?”, is the question often asked while officials stare at the passports for what seems like an endless moment.
“Mo Salah”, Ahmed often replies.