A filmic political timeline that intersects with the tumultuous developments from the First Intifada and the Oslo Accords to the uncertain present and a speculative future.
Films screened in this combined programme
Introduction to the End of an ArgumentElia Suleiman, Jayce Salloum IFFR 2017 42′
Snippets from Western films, documentaries and news coverage are woven together to expose their racial bias when depicting the Middle East, Arab culture and Palestinians.
20 Handshakes for PeaceMahdi Fleifel IFFR 2017 3′
The Oslo Accords handshake between Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Bill Clinton repeated 20 times; tainted by countless shattered hopes.
Like Twenty ImpossiblesAnnemarie Jacir IFFR 2017 17′
A Palestinian film crew is stopped at a checkpoint. A visual poem and a narrative about the fragmentation of a people that also questions the politics of filmmaking.
And Yet My Mask Is PowerfulBasel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme IFFR 2017 8′
A richly layered film in which 3D-printed Neolithic masks worn in destroyed Palestinian villages in Israel become a counterpoint to the dominant imagery of violence.