What is That?

My cousin, Nurit Gal, sent to me a link to a short video on “YouTube”, which caught my attention. It is a short Greek film from 2007 made by Constantine Pitavios.
I’ll put it in writing as a script:

An old man and a young man are sitting on a bench in a garden nearby a house or a nursery. The old man just sits and stares and it seems like his sight is very weak. The young man, supposedly his son, sits next to him and reads a newspaper. A sparrow enters the camera frame, stands on a near-by branch and sings. The father listens carefully and then asks the son: “What is that?”  The son lifts his eyes from the paper, looks around, sees the bird and says: “It is a sparrow”. When the sparrow sings again, the father asks again: “What is that?” The son then answers impatiently: “I just told you, father, it’s a sparrow.” Then another song comes from another side and the father asks again: “What is that?”
The son puts the newspaper down and answers with growing anger: “It’s a sparrow father; a sparrow; s-p-a-r-r-o-w.” The father looks at him and asks again: “What is that?” At this time the son gets real angry: “Why are you doing this? I told you so many times it’s a sparrow! Can’t you get it?”
The father quietly stands up and walks slowly away towards the house. The son shouts at his back: “Where are you going?” but the father doesn’t answer and just keeps going. After few moments the camera is focused back on the father who returns to the bench with a book or a diary in his hand. He opens it in a specific page, points to the son on a specific spot and asks his son to read it. “Read it loud,” he says.
Unwillingly, the son reads loudly from the marked place in the book: “Today my youngest son, who just turned three a few days ago, was sitting with me in the park when a sparrow sat in front of us. My son asked me 21 times what it was and I answered all 21 times that it was a sparrow. I hugged him every single time that he asked me the same question again and again… without getting mad, feeling affection for my little innocent boy.”
The father nodded his head while listening and his son closed the diary, looked at his father, maybe with unseen tears, and gave him a long and warm hug….

The camera goes up slowly to show us the top of the trees while sparrows are singing in the background….
(From a Greek short film, 2007, filmed by Constantine Pitavios)

 It reminded me a famous Israeli song that is based on a pray from the bible that says:  “Do not cast me off in time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.” And I thought to myself what a nice reminder, what a nice wake-up call to all among us who are taking care of their parents and sometimes, unwillingly, we lose our patience…


This Saturday is the Jewish new year, so Happy New Year to all of you,
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Shuka Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just in case you would like to watch the 5 minutes film, here is the link (click cntrl+ click)
What is that? (Τι είναι αυτό;) 2007

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