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Gay Films: Good Children, Yair Hochner's low-budget film/ Liat Simon
Free Apples in Honey
The recent Rosh Hashana holiday was not celebrated in Jaffa as in previous years.
In fact, within the city's borders it was impossible to feel the holiday at
all. Those wanting to remember the Jewish New Year had to go to Tel Aviv.
We drove through the old alleys to the Ajami neighborhood, where one of the four lived, in order to collect some CDs to listen to on the way. The car had to maneuver between the huge trash mounds near the neighborhood that the municipality has been piling up for years. Some have become large and wide enough to create a barrier between the inhabitants and the sea. "They say there's a plan to clean them up," said Yoav, who sitting in the back and noticed us looking at the numerous heaps. "I read it in the newspaper."
"A plan?" Mahmoud responded with a sardonic snicker and diverted his gaze from the wheel. "I've been living in this neighborhood for eight years. You see those lamps?" He indicated with his hand to a chain of three successive street lamps on the side of the road leading out of the neighborhood, all broken. "There's been a plan to fix them since I finished elementary school."
On the main road heading toward the promenade the
familiar round signs of the Gesher Theater welcomed us. They're going to perform
a new play there. "Isn't Gesher that Russian theater where we saw 'The
Slave'?" Yoav turned his head toward me.
"Wise ass," I returned the ID to him.
"Don't you think your name is enough for them to understand?"
"Yeah, sure," he seemed to be surprised at my
response. "Why do you think we passed through my place on the way here?
Yoav brought a portable stereo, it's in the trunk."
Without meaning to do so, I let out a whistling breath
Ayman Sikseck, born in 1984, lives in Jaffa. Published in Maayan 2.
Translated by Anat Rotem.