‘Killers of the Flower Moon’: Echoes of Osage to Gaza

How Scorsese’s new film holds up a mirror to the silenced chapters of the US history to Israel’s war on Gaza and the ongoing 75-plus-year occupation.

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’  Echoes of Osage to Gaza
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In my experience, the powerful convergence of cinematic revelation and geopolitical strife in Martin Scorsese’s "Killers of the Flower Moon" mirrors the grim reality of Israel's war on Gaza. Since October 7, over 13,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have lost their lives. Labeled as genocide, this conflict involves complicit partners, with the United States and parts of Europe supporting Israel's claimed right to self-defense. "Killers of the Flower Moon" goes beyond its historical narrative, acting as a poignant mirror reflecting parallels between successive killings, racist colonial practices, and the silenced chapters of the United States history.

Scorsese's lens delves into the bloody annals of American history, exposing the genocide against indigenous people. Astonishingly, contemporary American politicians not only endorse Israel's actions but also justify atrocities committed by the Zionist occupation army. The film scrutinizes historical crimes and displacement, eerily resonating with the ongoing occupation that has persisted for over 75 years.

At its core, the film portrays the extermination of the Osage people, land usurpation, and wealth plundering—a chilling blueprint for the systematic liquidation of indigenous peoples for wealth. The film's underlying theme draws parallels between the historical actions of European settlers and the ongoing Israeli occupation, highlighting the inhumane mentality that has persisted since Israel's inception.

As "Killers of the Flower Moon" unfolds against historical injustice, it compels audiences to confront parallels between past atrocities and present-day conflicts. This review aims to explore connections between Scorsese's cinematic portrayal and contemporary warfare, urging a critical examination of recurring patterns of violence, displacement, and the relentless quest for justice.

"Killers of the Flower Moon," directed by Martin Scorsese, immerses audiences in the Osage Murders of the 1920s in Oklahoma. The film, featuring stellar performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, and Robert De Niro, weaves a tale of historical truth and human tragedy, earning acclaim for its direction and cinematography.

Scorsese, a maestro of nuanced storytelling, selects a pivotal historical period to unveil a stark reality about white crimes against Native Americans. The film resonates beyond its historical context, echoing the atrocities faced by Palestinians in Gaza. The director, in his pursuit of truth, mirrors the organized crime-like tactics of exploitation against the marginalized—whether it be the Osage or the Palestinians.

Set against the backdrop of oil discoveries, the film parallels the vulnerability of the Osage to exploitation, reflecting historical aggression faced by Palestinians in Gaza. Romance in the Osage story mirrors historical events in Gaza, where external forces exploit the land and its people.

Robert De Niro's portrayal of William Hill draws parallels to Zionist aggression in Gaza, where exploitation and brutality are central themes. DiCaprio's depiction embodies cruelty and danger, while Gladstone's Molly portrays strength and resilience, echoing resistance in Gaza. The film's deliberate use of slow scenes underlines the tragic nature of the Osage story, emphasizing the importance of cultural traditions and heritage—a narrative tactic resonating with the struggle in Gaza, where cultural identity becomes a cornerstone in resisting external forces.

"Killers of the Flower Moon" transcends its role as a historical drama, serving as a potent social commentary on exploitation, violence, and the pursuit of justice for marginalized communities. The parallels drawn between the Osage narrative and Israeli actions in Gaza compel viewers to introspect on the cyclical theme of historical injustice and its enduring consequences.

In crafting "Killers of the Flower Moon," Scorsese not only provides a cinematic window into the past but also holds up a mirror reflecting the persistent struggles against oppression. The film's brilliance lies not just in its historical accuracy but in its ability to ignite dialogue about the recurring patterns of exploitation and the universal quest for justice. By intertwining the narrative threads of the Osage and the Palestinians, Scorsese beckons audiences to confront the echoes of oppression across time and geography. At its core, the film becomes a call to action—a plea for empathy, understanding, and a collective commitment to break free from the shackles of historical injustices.

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