September 13, 1993: Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Bill Clinton’s handshake on the lawn of the White House after signing the Oslo Accords. A historic moment, repeated 20 times. Tainted by countless shattered hopes and with a voice-over by intellectual Edward Said, expressing his outrage at the agreement.
The other films shown within Picture Palestine: Ruptured Chronologies
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.
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.