Edward Said (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-born intellectual who wrote widely on history, literature, music, philosophy and politics. These two films, one with him and one without, trace his life and work.
EDWARD SAID: THE LAST INTERVIEW was indeed his last interview and was filmed less than a year before he died. Over the course of three days, Said spoke at length with the filmmakers about his illness, his work, Palestine and politics, his life and education, and his continuing preoccupations.
Filmed in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, and the U.S., OUT OF PLACE traces Said's childhood influences and celebrates his intellectual legacy, especially the importance of his work in literary criticism and postcolonial studies, his love of music, his role on the Palestinian National Council and his troubled relationship with Yasir Arafat. The documentary imaginatively blends readings from Said's memoir and other key writings, family home movies dating back to 1947, and interviews with Arab, Israeli and American thinkers who offer personal reminiscences as well as statements on the importance of his work.