Film Screenings

The Promise (dir. Peter Kosminsky)

The Promise is an award winning British television serial, produced by Channel 4, in four episodes written and directed by Peter Kosminsky, with music by Debbie Wiseman. It tells the story of a young woman; Len who goes to present-day Palestine/Israel determined to find out about her soldier grandfather’s involvement in Palestine under the British Mandate.

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Trip Along Exodus (dir. Hind Shoufani)

As part of ‘This Sea is Mine’ at Darat al Funun, we will screen Hind Shoufani’s film Trip Along Exodus (2014), a documentary exploring the last 70 years of Palestinian politics through the experience of the director’s father, Dr Elias Shoufani, a leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, academic writer, and leftist intellectual.

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Recollection (dir. Kamal Aljafari)

As part of ‘This Sea is Mine’ at Darat al Funun, we will show Kamal Aljafari’s latest film Recollection (2015), in the presence of the filmmaker. Recollection forms a visual memory record of Jaffa, a place Palestinians have lived in and been exiled from. Consisting of footage appropriated from Israeli fiction films shot in Jaffa, the film focuses beyond actors and invented narratives, portraying the people and spaces caught in the background.

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Salt of This Sea (dir. Annemarie Jacir)

As part of the opening of ‘This Sea is Mine’ at Darat al Funun on 5 October 2016, we will show Salt of This Sea (2008) by Annemarie Jacir, in the presence of the filmmaker. Salt of This Sea tells the story of Soraya, who leaves America to recover her grandfather’s savings that were frozen when he was exiled in 1948. She fulfills her life-long dream of ‘returning’ to Palestine, but slowly discovers the reality around her through her friendship with Emad, a Palestinian whose ambition is to leave forever.

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Reflections (dir. Sarah Zeryab)

    Throughout the three years Sarah Zeryab has lived in Beirut, WhatsApp has been the only means of communication between herself and her parents in Damascus. Sarah receives from her father a voice note of him singing her a song by Oum Kulthoum. It is through the voice notes exchanged with her parents that Sarah discovers that the war has reversed their roles: the adults have become children who devour memories of the past. She, meanwhile, asks herself, “What do my parents look like now?”

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My Love Awaits Me by the Sea

    My Love Awaits Me by the Sea is a poetic documentary narrating the story of the director who makes a journey back to her homeland, Palestine, for the first time. She leaves a secluded reality and follows a lover whom she has never met, Hasan, a Palestinian artist who discovers a beautiful and utopian world. Fairytale and reality are woven together to ask a question about this elusive place, and the need to believe in dreams.

    The screening will be followed by a conversation between Mais Darwazah and Rima Mismar (AFAC).

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Film Screening: Recollection (dir. Kamal Aljafari)

Recollection forms a visual memory record of Jaffa, a place Palestinians have lived in and been exiled from. Consisting of footage appropriated from Israeli fiction films shot in Jaffa, the film focuses beyond actors and invented narratives, portraying the people and spaces caught in the background.     

    The screening will be followed by a conversation between Kamal Aljafari and Akram Zaatari.

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'Recollection' (Cancelled)

CANCELLED

Recollection forms a visual memory record of Jaffa, a place Palestinians have lived in and been exiled from. Consisting of footage appropriated from Israeli fiction films shot in Jaffa, the film focuses beyond actors and invented narratives, portraying the people and spaces caught in the background. Join us with filmmaker Kamal Aljafari. This event is in collaboration with FilmLab Palestine. 

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‘Eyes on Gaza’ series: Infiltrators

‘Eyes on Gaza’ is a series of two films anchored in the colonial relationship between the intruders and the indigenous people. They are narrations and testimonies related by characters from all over the world. Each film starts as a documentary where the camera meets people to record the impact on the population and their relationship with the space and the place that had also undergone changes. This series of films, from Palestine and elsewhere, recounts tales of cities ruined in wars, taking Gaza as an example.

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