Sunday, January 06, 2008
The Romance of War
Kathem el Saher's newest love song, "City of Love,"written by Kareem el Iraqi, uses the landscape of war in Iraq as setting. The traditional theme of the lovers parted by circumstances is cast in the video clip as part of the devastation of war: he returns looking for her to find destruction and displacement. Even the words reflect the realities of the new Iraq. Take the opening lines as example:
City of love I walk your streets
and see love carried in shrouds
pour torture as you wish on my body
for there are no witnesses to torture by jailers
The song was shot in Jordan.
I don't believe the video clip works: it feels exploitative to me. But I was never a fan of the director Hussein Du'aibes, master of heavy handedness.