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Lina Majdalanie (nee Saneh) walks on stage and begins to regale her audience with the story of the first prisoner exchange between the forces of the Palestinian revolution and those of the Zionist state (aka Israel). The body of an Israeli pilot was swapped for the remains of nine fighters, eight Palestinian one Lebanese. Majdalanie's monologue recounts the tale of Dib al-Asmar who, in this fiction, entered history as the first Lebanese national to die fighting to liberate Palestine from occupation.The leaders of Beirut's minute Jewish community, forever regarded as insufficiently Lebanese, accept the corpse.Steeped in the conflict history of Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Egypt, the core narrative of "So Little Time" is a melancholy reflection upon the record of political revolution in this region.Driven by Majdalanie's strong solo performance, "So Little Time" is remarkable for the narrative and critical density infused into the story of Asmar's lives, detentions and deaths.As the story begins, Majdalanie speaks as a third-person narrator, recounting how Asmar entered Lebanese and regional history – which takes the story to 1975 .Some minutes later, the actor takes a seat and, assuming the role of Asmar himself, carries his story forward from 1990 to 2015 .
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