The Resource Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test, Produced by Elia Sides and Nira Sherman-Sides

Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test, Produced by Elia Sides and Nira Sherman-Sides

Label
Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test
Title
Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test
Statement of responsibility
Produced by Elia Sides and Nira Sherman-Sides
Title variation
Bisha
Contributor
Author
Narrator
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Bedouin of the deserts of Arabia and the Middle East have developed a system of law and order called Haj El Orfi - The Law of Knowledge - which evolved from their harsh environment and has been passed down orally for generations. The Bisha ceremony is the ultimate ordeal for revealing the truth. Suspects lick a white-hot iron pan with their tongues. If they are scorched, it shows they are lying: if not, they have unequivocally proven their innocence. This film tells the stories of three individuals who choose to undergo the Bisha. One has been accused of handing over a tribesman to the Israeli Secret Service. One has been accused of murder, and one woman has been accused of adultery for which the penalty is death. She maintains her innocence and undergoes the Bisha in order to save her life. We watch them attempt to vindicate themselves through this awesome ritual. Bisha is a riveting exploration of this unusual custom. The film also delves into other aspects of Bedouin culture -- the role of honored elders, the exorcism of demons, rituals of mystic sects, and other practices of the Bedouin law system
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Sherman-Sides, Nira
  • Sides, Elia
  • Sides, Elia
  • Sherman-Sides, Nira
  • Hyman, Jerry
Runtime
52
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Cultural identity
  • Murder
  • Infidelity
  • Spirituality
  • Islam
  • Anthropology
  • Egypt
  • Middle East
Target audience
adult
Label
Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test, Produced by Elia Sides and Nira Sherman-Sides
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed March 29, 2016)
Carrier category
  • other
  • online resource
Carrier category code
  • vz
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (52 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (VaAlASP)1689322
  • (OCoLC)747796393
  • (VaAlASP)ASP1689322/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000134633
Video recording format
other
Label
Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test, Produced by Elia Sides and Nira Sherman-Sides
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed March 29, 2016)
Carrier category
  • other
  • online resource
Carrier category code
  • vz
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (52 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (VaAlASP)1689322
  • (OCoLC)747796393
  • (VaAlASP)ASP1689322/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000134633
Video recording format
other

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