Write All Nite‘s 2018 New Year’s resolution: evaluate how marijuana is depicted in movies and theatre. For instance, I’ll praise portrayals that view smoking weed as a cognitive stimulant, and I’ll lambast those that regurgitate tired tropes about stoners. Light one up, baby!
It’s not surprising that a fiction movie with as much documentary realism as Maysaloun Hamoud’s In Between depicts toking and tokers in a perfectly realistic fashion. Throughout, characters periodically indulge in the greenery, often finding a quiet spot away from parties to imbibe, as smokers do. Or, they’ll just start lighting up out of nowhere, which is even more true-to-life for some.
In respect to the overall movie, their smoking adopts resonant significance as an act of rebellion against some Palestinians’ repressive culture of restrictive religious patriarchy. As such, the drugs serves as a sort of potent — and unfortunately very real — metaphor.