After viewing and discussing many of Ali Farzat’s cartoons, I was inspired to learn more about him. I came across two things that I found very interesting and hoped to discuss as a class.
First, I came across an article, which can be read here, that discuss how Ali Farzat was kidnapped and beaten. The article discusses how Farzat’s hand were broken. It then references another famous cultural figure, singer Ibrahim al-Qashoush, who was found murdered with his vocal chords removed. I was blown away by the way in which these attacks were symbolically focused on the means in which the figures question regimes, corruption, and other local issues. Do you guys think the broken hands and removed vocal chords send a stronger retaliatory message? Do you think it results in effective fear or even more anger and uprising?
Second, this article linked to a youtube video, found here, which claims to be an animated version of Ali Farzat’s cartoons. I was very surprised as I watched it, and a few of the other related videos, because to me they seemed very different than the cartoons we saw in class. An addition article, found here, suggests that these animated versions were produced by BBC and Al-Watan (a Kuwaiti newspaper). Do you guys think these animated versions are as effective as Farzat’s traditional cartoons? Why or why not? How does the inclusion of color and sound affect the message?