OCCUPIED PALESTINE -- “The Present” -- a Palestinian film directed by Farah Nabulsi, with Saleh Bakri in the main role -- was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Live Action Short Film. In the end it did not win an Oscar, although it was deserving of one. In his acceptance speech, Travon Free, who won the award for his movie “Two
“The Present” — A Painful Short Film Tells the Whole Story of What It Means to be Palestinian
In “The Present,” as throughout all of Palestine, soldiers, police officers, secret police, or Shabak agents, have the power — indeed they are instructed — to harass, humiliate, and take the lives of Palestinians in the most arbitrary fashion.