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"Spaces of Exception" a new documentary feature directed by Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny, places the Palestinian experience alongside a different settler-colonial history, that of the First Nations people of North America.Much of the documentary is preoccupied with testimonials on the historic injustices and contemporary frustrations First Nations people experience in the reservation system of Canada and the U.S., and Palestinians undergo in refugee camps in Palestine and Lebanon.Tragic and unjust as the Palestinians' plight is, the territorial proscription and political, economic and cultural annihilation of the Americas' indigenous peoples is on an altogether different scale.For anyone immersed in Palestinian or Amerindian narratives, the film's switchback sketches of life in North American reserves and Arab refugee camps may provoke some new thinking on what it means to be on the wrong end of the settler-colonial stick.The principal worth of the film, though, may be discursive.
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