Synopsis by Mark Deming
Edward Said was a political activist, college professor, and literary critic who was born to Palestinian parents in Jerusalem, grew up in Egypt where he was raised as a Christian, and spent most of his adult life in New York City. Speaking of his background, Said once told a journalist, "My sense of exile has been lifelong -- it's a question of articulating it," and he speaks at length of his life, his work, and his philosophies in this documentary, structured around a series of interviews that were completed only a few weeks before Said died in the fall of 2003. Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said features the author speaking about his nomadic childhood and his views against tribalism and extreme nationalism, as well as issues of Eastern identity in the West and how the city of New York balances tradition with a sense of constant change.
activism, critic, Egyptian [nationality], exile, nomad, Palestine, Palestinian [nationality], professor