Ahed’s Knee, Stepping Out of the Story

I watched Ahed’s Knee, an Israeli film by Nadav Lapid, a very advanced director whose stories fragment and detour in shocking ways.

Ahed AlTamimi is a teenage Palestinian activist. She was born in 1997 in the village of Nabi Saleh, which is located in the occupied West Bank. Her family has been involved in resistance against the Israeli occupation for years and she has been participating since she was a little girl.

In December 2017, Ahed slapped an Israeli soldier who was guarding her house. The incident went viral on social media and led to Ahed being arrested by Israeli authorities and put into prison for eight months.

An Israeli member of Parliament suggested she be shot in the knee. The film starts focused on producing a show about Ahed’s Knee and then becomes more about the director’s journey and censorship in showing his film.

The film starts focused on producing a show about Ahed’s knee, but quickly evolves into an exploration of the decay of Israeli society and the rise of censorship as a way to protect such a decaying society.

Numerous dance scenes show the randomness of cultural production and arbitrariness of censorship. It is also a surreal representation of the different facets of Israeli society. The director here is making serious subjects not serious by using dance to represent them.

The camera is hijacked later by a monologue that I saw as a way for the director to speak to the government and through it to the Israeli people.

The film disintegrates and questions the concept of negative aggrievement, toxic tensions, oppressive systems, irrational censorship, and through the desert settings, the emptiness at the end of this whole project called Israel.

On The Path of Reduction of Smart Device Reign Part 1

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Morning Messages

I found myself opening the phone in the morning to check if I have received any messages on Whatsapp, then checking Facebook notifications and Instagram Notifications.

I don’t know what I was looking for, but it was more of a habit. I really don’t need the phone in the morning. I don’t even use the alarm on it. I wake up naturally AKA my partner.

I don’t need to check facebook except once a day, and instagram except once a week, and twitter once a month since it is my account with least followers.

Also, people who will send me urgent messages, will actually call me. If you don’t receive a call, it is never urgent. So I can also check the messages periodically, and have more control of when to check them. I want to be in control rather than the phone, or hence the people who send you the messages.

Music

I found next that my speakers are connected to my phone and hence I turn music from my phone. It is a trap where once you open the phone, you are enticed to check messages and go to Social Media. So I connected the Mac desktop in the living room to the speakers and I can play music from it. No need for the phone anymore.

Checking Bank Accounts

That also doesn’t have to be checked all the time. There could be a time for all that to take place togehter. I actually have automated things that I reduced checking my bank accounts to only the days I receive my paycheck.

Emails

Referr to Cal Newport’s A World Without Email.

Learning Apps

I found that I do use Duolingo and Chess on my phone. Fine, make it in specific times so you are in control, then put the phone away afterthat.

The Help of Apple Watch

You can answer calls via your Apple Watch, but it is annoying to text through it, unless it is a simple message back, like Yes or No. That can be a way to keep the phone away while wearing the watch to receive calls and direct texts (not whatsapp).

WhatsApp For Productivity and Communication

I started using WhatsApp desktop application when I am using it to communicate designs or collaborating on decision making.

The 9 in 10 System

  1. Duolingo 4 Min
  2. Bank Account Check 1 Min
  3. Headline News Check 1 Min
  4. Login Weight 1 Min
  5. Check Facebook Notifications 1 Min
  6. Check Instagram Notifications 1 Min
  7. Post W Planner Post 1 Min

Total = 10 Min