‘Images from the life of Ghassan Kanafani’ is built around some of the central characters in Kanafani’s writings, which represent different generations of Palestinian society. Thereby the play becomes an introduction to Kanafani’s literature as well as to the history of Palestine and the current situation.
Ghassan Kanafani is an iconic figure in the Palestinian struggle for liberation. His novels, including Men in the Sun, All That’s Left of You and Returning to Haifa, and political writings have inspired generations of Palestinians.
Images from the life of Ghassan Kanafani has been directed by Ahmed Tobasi and devised with the third-year students of The Freedom Theatre School, who based on research of Kanafani’s life and writings reflect on their experiences of these stories.
Ghassan Kanafani, born in Akka in historic Palestine in 1936, was forced to leave his homeland during the 1948 Nakba, first to Lebanon and later to Syria. In 1972, he was assassinated by Israeli Mossad agents. During his short lifetime Kanafani published eighteen books and wrote hundreds of articles on culture, politics and the Palestinian struggle. He was the editor of a number of newspapers and a prominent member of PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine).
Kanafani famously stated: “My political position springs from my being a novelist. In so far as I am concerned, politics and the novel are an indivisible case and I can categorically state that I became politically committed because I am a novelist, not the opposite.”