Sunday, August 28, 2005

The face and reason behind the name " Bataranzi"

For many the word Bataranzi means different things. Some think it refers to a trait, others feel its an old arabic saying, and to reminds them of fellini and " La Dolce Vita"

For me Bataranzi means being spontaneous, full of life and....well you can check it out for yourself

Click here to see the one and only bataranzi...انقر هنا لمعرفة هوية البطرنزي الاكبر

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Last year i got a chance to film a documentary about the Arab Children's congress which took place in amman, and is organized by the performing arts center of the Noor Al-Hussein foundation.

Hamada who is featured in the video is one of the hardest working indivduals and he provided much needed comic relief throughout the 7 days of the congress.

At this particular instance we were at the international night and he picked up a camera from one of the photographers next to the stage, i saw him and followed his actions with my camera. I asked him to take a picture of me, and as you can took him some time to find out how the contraption in his hands worked.

I then follow up to ask him the decieding question....Do you consider yourself a Paparazzi?

His answer makes me laugh everyday, he's become our cheerup mascot on any day me and amin got tired of work or just bored of each other. Amin started waking up and watching this guy on his computer everyday so he can start his day with a smile, and when i came to start this new blog i couldn't think of a name, and then it came to for you you can go into history as the frist person to use the word Bataranzi....

and as the old nabatean poet used to say

A Bataranzi a day ....keeps 3wad ( ili 7arag il masna3) away....


Blogger jameed said...

7araqt-ha! ya zalameh kan sara7 feena kaman shwayeh...

but just for the record, La Dolce Vita is the movie that introduced the term "paparazzi" to the language.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

very cute story.

i just love listening to people speak arabic the real way. gosh i have been hearing americanized arabic for too long. this was nice laith.

11:44 AM  
Blogger jameed said...

Linda, this Hamada does not speak Arabic "the real way" if you are couting on watching the clip over and pver again to learn the language better, think again.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Ziad said...


9:24 PM  
Blogger Amin Matalqa said...

Hamada is a legend. The legend of Bataranzi!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

what do you mean he does not speak real arabic? laith is speaking real arabic behind the camera and that sounds nice too.

Iyas do you always have to be a party pooper?!

4:51 AM  
Blogger Laith said...

tab3an i sound nice...i have the voice....actually i have many favortie being nabil shu3ail's....but anyway..hamada is speaking igibshan...

7:33 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

what is igibshan?

9:19 PM  
Blogger Laith said... an igibshan inngilish akcen

9:45 PM  
Anonymous abo laith said...

salam all, bataranzi means: bat a'ala ra7tak ao nam zai ma inta , bat ( nam )

ao salmitkom ma tghalbo 7alkoum hai 7arakato la laith hahaha

the real meaning is BATRAN which means he has nothing to worry about originally this is a word came to our arabic language from the otmans when they occupied the arab world for 400 years bass

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello!Mr.Bataranzi!..nice 2 c u as a wonderful writer...Actually,it was last night 4 d 1st time i read this article posted by u,all on a sudden,while i was surfing on net.
It impressed me & i started reading othrz....So Wonderful!
Well done...only i can say Mr. Bataranzi..
Anyway, c ya ...OWWWW.....
I didnt tell u..who m i..
Well,call me RedRose....
Count me in....

4:11 AM  

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