In his attempt to save his family from being killed by the Zionist gangs, Haji Abu Saber travels with his family between the alleys of the village of Sheikh Mons near the Palestinian city of Jaffa in the spring of 1948.
He walks around the mud walls and ceilings of Haganah and Palmach gangs and the bullets of their rifles. After several months, he settles into a refugee in Tulkarm camp. He lives in tents and shantytowns after he was abandoned from his home and farm.
Hajj Abu Saber and his family are real personalities. He embodied the story of their suffering in asylum and displacement, the Jordanian drama writer Helmy Al-Asmar, in a TV scenario called “Black Grass”, which is awaiting execution to be shown on television or on stage.
Between a catastrophe and a setback
The episodes of the series document the life of the Palestinian people between the Nakba and the Nakba – the Nakba of 1948 and the setback in 1967 – after Israel occupied the entire Palestinian territories, up to the famous Land Day uprising on March 30, 1976, through the life of a Palestinian family who lived as a refugee inside Tulkarm camp in their homeland Inside Palestine.
The TV script won the Doha Prize for Dramatic Writing in its first session – at a ceremony organized by the Qatari Ministry of Culture and Sports a few days ago at the Qatar National Theater – out of 819 dramatic texts with the participation of 29 countries from around the world.
Identification and separation
Writer Helmy Al-Asmar says to Al-Jazeera Net that the series tells the story of the unification of the Palestinian territories under the Israeli occupation, and its episodes recount how the occupation managed to enlist the Palestinian people to live a new life and use it in its service, so the various Palestinian economic sectors – commercial, agricultural and industrial – became linked to the occupation.
However, the state of identification or agreement that occurred between the Palestinian and the occupier during the period of the Israeli Labor Party’s rule, created a social reaction among the Palestinians that rejected this reality, so popular uprisings began here and there that were soon eliminated, until the extremist Israeli Likud Party came to power headed by Menachem Begin, and his brutal policies against the Palestinians began. Then the Palestinian society began to separate little by little from the Israeli occupier.
Writing with tears
Al-Asmar continued to write the script for the series on a daily basis, and for two and a half years, “I was writing without stopping, what stopped me crying while recounting painful details of hunger, cold and deprivation, which I and my family lived in the alleys and streets of Tulkarm camp.”
He is preparing to write the second and third parts of the series, to list details in the lives of the children of the Palestinian cause that have not been shed light on so far, the most important of which is the dispersal of the children of the same family in several Arab and foreign countries, and the separation of the mother or father of their children without farewell.
From paper to screen
The scenario is still captive to paper for years, waiting for a television production company to turn it from paper to screen, so that the story of Abu Saber becomes alive and attended by the Arab viewer, especially since such works save the Arab drama market from superficial and not intended only for laughter and entertainment and the loss of viewers’ time, according to Al-Asmar. .
The award winning scenarios provide producers with serious scripts for serials, plays and films, written to materialize on the screen and stage, and allow them to express the concerns of the Arab nation and the aspirations of its children, and stand with the issues of the Arab street.
What is the honor?
Asmar believes in the honor that it is one of the most important things that happened to Arab drama in its history, especially since no prize has been presented to drama writers before. The award represents a case of provocation and shipment of drama book to them to write and present texts that express the nation’s concerns and the aspirations of its children.
As for the award, he considered that it represents a re-consideration of the Palestinian cause, which has been injustice a lot recently, after the fierce attack of the typists and the runners to request the satisfaction of the Israeli occupier, from the electronic flies and some writers who attack the Palestinian cause.
The award, which Al-Asmar won, honors his long career in journalistic, literary and dramatic writing.