Saturday, December 17, 2005


I saw Syriana last night, and found it very good.

The movie is a seemingly disjoint set of 4 storylines - but one of them was particularly touching. There's a Pakistani boy in the Persian Gulf who can't find work and can't speak Arabic. He has nothing to do, so he ends up attending an Islamic school. They feed him and give him work, and teach him about Islam. It turns out he's being trained to be a terrorist; however, it's very well written so that you could understand why he would follow this path.

Random language dork:
I could pick up some of the Arabic
I could figure out when it was formal arabic and when it was colloquial
I could (mostly) figure out when it was Farsi or Urdu

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