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The Arab Conscience

الضمير العربي

أنا رافضة أنا هيمنتك تحت ستار الحرية
أنا رافضة رأيك نصحك بإسم الديموقراطية
الحرية مش منحة تتفضل بيها علي
إرادتنا تمحي المحنة إصحي يا أمة يا عربية

The Arab Conscience (Al Dameer Al Arabi, directed by Ahmad Al Arian), a sequel to The Arab Dream (Al Hilm Al Arabi, 1998), premiered on Zoom TV on 27 February 2008. After the opening credits, the songs by Wadee’a Al Safi and Mohammad Al Azabi, and an excerpt from The Arab Dream, The Arab Conscience proper begins 6:07 minutes into the video. It features 106 Arab singers, including Latifa, Hani Shaker, Nancy Ajram, Khaled, Sherine, Saber Al Rebai, Redha Al Abdullah, Amal Maher, Khaled Selim, Ahlam, Diana Karazon, Abdullah Al Rowaished, Wa’ad, Ehab Tawfeeq, Mostafa Mahfooth, Amal Hejazi, Wa’el Jassar, Omniyah, Ammar Hassan, Asalah, Jailani, Nancy Za’abalawi, Majid Al Muhandis, Amnah, Lotfi Boshnaq, Yara, Omar Al-Abdullat, Nawal, Noor Mhna, Fatin Helal Baik, and Mo’amin.  The video cuts back and forth between harrowing images (from archival footage taken between 1998 and 2008) of deaths and destructions inflicted upon Arabs by US and Israeli wars and occupations — as well as scenes of intra-Arab conflicts and incidents of terrorism — and shots of singers whose songs urge the audience to overcome the divide and conquer game played by the empire. English subtitles by Bashar Al-Ba’noon.

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