Michael Riordon

the view from where I live

Comic relief


Souad Amiri has, and needs, a sublime sense of humour.

A Palestinian architect and internationally acclaimed writer, she lives in Ramallah.

In humour Souad Amiri has found the basis for survival and sanity under Israeli military occupation.

Last year she gave the closing talk at a conference live-streamed from Ramallah.  Two options:

The final giddy 12 minutes of her talk are here.

The whole inspiring talk, about 22 minutes, is here.


Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

2 thoughts on “Comic relief

  1. What a source of strength and defiance humour can be ! This is fabulous.


  2. Brilliant!


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