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FILMS // Framing Palestine

  • Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street Northwest (map)

Followed by discussion with filmmakers and experts on the production of Palestinians on and off-screen.

 
 
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FEATURE // Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

by Mohanad Yaqubi | 62 min. | 2016

A meditation on the Palestinian people's struggle to produce an image and self-representation on their own terms in the 1960s and 1970s, with the establishment of the Palestine Film Unit as part of the PLO. Unearthing films stored in archives across the world after an unprecedented research and access, the film begins with popular representations of modern Palestine and traces the works of militant filmmakers in reclaiming image and narrative through revolutionary and militant cinema. In resurrecting a forgotten memory of struggle, Off Frame reanimates what is within the frame, but also weaves a critical reflection by looking for what is outside it, or what is off frame.

 
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SHORT // Reporter Suspended

by Sanabel Al-Hoot, Salam Yahya, Renad Nasser | World Premiere | 5 min. | 2016

A 12-year old aspiring reporter sneaks his mother’s cell phone to film news segments. In the end, his short-lived career meets its end at the hands of his idol and inspiration.

 
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FEATURE // Villagers 

by Nidal Badarny | US Premiere | 11 min. | 2015

A tempestuous Palestinian love story that takes place along the separation wall. The story ends and Majdi decides to leave the country because his dreams and the poppies can no longer find their space along the wall. His love, Salma, tries to stop him from doing so, to no avail. Suddenly, Majdi and Salma run away from their secret love-nest near the wall, after Abu Mustapha finds them out. The tragic love story ends, and another story begins with another protagonist. The gray, giant, absurd Wall remains, however. Because it is simply an absurd film. Because cinema is frivolous; it is absurd.

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