Motaz H Matar's Virtual Tour for New Book The Pigeon Whisperer
Author and filmmaker, Motaz H. Matar begins virtual book tour for his third novel, The Pigeon Whisperer.
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"It is a magical book which, nevertheless, raises such important issues such as hope, hopelessness, belonging, war, migration, love, and loss." Claudia Cragg. KGNU Radio.
The Pigeon Whisperer is a mystical and symbolic story with illustrations used as chapter dividers in the book (symbolic elements from Picasso's Guernica) with poetic text/prose. The author is currently based in UAE and spent some time in Berlin, where the book is based. Motaz aims to bridge the western world with the Arab world with his heartfelt and universal stories and he would make an interesting interview.
About the author:
Motaz H Matar is an award-winning Palestinian Film and TV Director and Screenwriter holding an MFA degree in Cinematic Arts, and an MA in Serial storytelling from Cologne, Germany where he was the first Arab selected in the third cohort amongst 10 International students. For four years he taught university-level film production, and design in Dubai, Sharjah, and Jordan.
In 2017 Motaz's first feature film, "Slingshot" was officially selected in the Mediterranean film festival in Cannes and the Culcutta International film festival. Motaz is the founder of the First Arab Chat Fiction Mobile Application "Hakawaty" which aims to revolutionize the way stories are consumed in the Arab world. He has lived and worked in the US and Europe and currently resides in UAE.
About the book:
Meet Dabbour, a 25-year-old Syrian refuge, and pigeon herder. He fled to Berlin with Yasser, his childhood friend and the two have succeeded in finding a new home using fake passports. Dabbour is trying to learn the ropes in this new country; while trying to learn German he's fallen for his German teacher, Zara.
One day, Dabbour jumps on the railway tracks to save an injured pigeon and almost gets himself killed. For this, he gets arrested by the police – and realizes how much he misses home and the birds. Yasser asks Dabbour to use his talents as a "pigeon whisperer" and steal stray pigeons to transport drugs. Dabbour agrees, then realizes it was a big mistake. Dabbour is forced to choose between his loyalty to his friend and the promise of a new "family" and doing the right thing. Dabbour sinks further and further into the world of crime and drug smuggling.