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FILM // Emwas: Restoring Memories

  • Suns Cinema 3107 Mt Pleasant St NW Washington, DC 20010 (map)

Emwas: Restoring Memories by Dima Abu Ghoush, preceded by Setback of the Spirit by Sa’ed Arouri and Memory of the Land by Samira Badran and followed by a talkback with Dima Abu Ghoush.

 
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FEATURE // Emwas: Restoring Memories

by Dima Abu Ghoush | 56 min. | 2016

The film follows the journey of the director, Dima Abu Ghoush, as she rebuilds her demolished hometown, Emwas, in the form of a maquette (model). Dima was born in Emwas, but she was forced to leave it when she was two years old, along with the town’s inhabitants, on the second day of the 1967 war. All her life she heard stories about Emwas, but she only knew it as a public park, for that’s what the Israeli government turned the village into, some years after it demolished it. In 2009, Dima decided to rebuild Emwas in the form of a model/ maquette, with the help of her family and friends. The film succeeds to bring the demolished village to life through the memories of its people, and raises questions about the future of Emwas and its people who still dream to return to it.

 
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SHORT // Setback of the Spirit

by Sa'ed Arouri | DC Premiere | 15 min.

The film portrays the Palestinian cause through the life of a “Jeddeh,” a grandparent that finally returns with her grandson to one of the Palestinian cities after the demise of the occupation. She finds her home exactly as she left it. Her memory takes her back to 1967 where she remembers the last moments she spent in the house. In these memories she finds something completely unexpected.

 

SHORT // Memory of the Land

 

by Samira Badran | DC Premiere | 13 min.

Palestine. A body is trapped at a checkpoint; an essential mechanism of the Israeli occupation. The body is pierced by structural and physical violence, which is aggressive and arbitrary and prevents and attacks its free movement and existence.