After losing his way, Momin, an adventurous schoolboy, comes upon an old Ottoman house where there is a wedding party. He meets a beautiful girl, Navine, to whom he stumblingly declares his love. The party is abruptly ended and Momin returns to his school obsessed with finding his way back but soon realizes this magical land is not to be found on any map. Momin leaves again, this time for Beirut…
Lost Land is based on the novel Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier, one of the most famous French novels of the twentieth century. Le Grand Meaulnes was written the year before the Great War broke out and is full of the prescience of the catastrophe that is about to befall the world, and particularly its young people.
The Freedom Theatre’s adaptation offers a fascinating re-imagining of this great French classic against the background of the Palestinian plight, where beneath every endeavour is a yearning for what has been taken, destroyed, trampled upon. A people, occupied and uprooted, longing for a Lost Land.
On the surface Lost Land is a romantic and simple story suffused with the overwhelming power of first love and the first experience of beauty, which is no sooner experienced than lost. But the play has great complexity beneath the surface. It reflects upon the past, youth, loss and the demands that history makes on ordinary human beings. Being born at that specific moment in time these ordinary human beings become extraordinary.
Lost Land is supported by the Swedish Postcode Lottery, the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem, the Roddick Foundation and by Sida, as part of the PAN program.
Death is not the greatest loss, the greatest loss is what dies within us while being alive.
Lost Land, dismissed love, childhood friends whose paths cross in a future not of their design.
Choosing to stand up, fight and resist, questioning:
“You can write about anything in this world but can you change anything in it?”