Ali Dehbashi, the managing director of the Iranian literary monthly Bokhara, is scheduled to deliver a lecture on the status of Palestinian poetry during the program entitled A Night with Mahmoud Darwish.
Iranian translator of Arabic texts Musa Asvar is also slated to elaborate on the various aspects of Darwish’s poetry.
The program will continue with a review of Darwish’s latest poems by Naser Zera’ati and the screening of the documentary film “Writers on the Borders: A Journey to Palestine”, directed by Samir Abdallah and Jose Reynes, with subtitles translated by Zera’ati.
The documentary has a flashback to 2002 when eight internationally renowned writers, poets, and intellectuals, including American novelist Russell Banks and Nobel laureates Jose Saramago and Wole Soyinka, traveled to the West Bank and Gaza to visit Darwish and observe the state of the Palestinians living there.
The 84-minute documentary alternates scenes from the writers’ journey with testimonials from the Palestinian people, readings by Darwish, and reflections from the concerned authors as they bear witness to what they see.
Poet and writer Mohammadreza Shafiei Kadkani introduced Iranians to Darwish about three decades ago.
Darwish, 66, is a contemporary Palestinian poet and writer of prose. He has published over thirty volumes of poetry and eight books of prose and has served as the editor of several publications.
He is internationally recognized for his poetry, which focuses on his strong affection for his lost homeland. His work has won numerous awards and has been published in at least twenty languages.