Port of Memory

Kamal Aljafari

IFFR 2017

Picture Palestine

  • 62'
  • France
  • 2009

Once a thriving Palestinian port city, Jaffa has now become an extension of Tel Aviv. It often served as the backdrop for action films set in the Middle East, without showing any actual Palestinians. Aljafari offers a subtle portrait and memoir of a disappearing city that has been changed forever by incessant construction, gentrification and dispossession of its inhabitants.
It quietly traces the streets of Jaffa and follows the rhythms of life of the city and its people, centered around mundane rituals and occurrences that instil a sense of normalcy. We find a cat napping lazily on the TV, an elderly parent being taken care of, a family watching TV and hands being washed repetitively. Against this seemingly still décor, the filmmaker’s family are at risk of eviction if they cannot prove their ownership of their house.

Director
Kamal Aljafari
Countries of production
France, Germany, Palestine
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
62'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Mina alzakira
Languages
Arabic, Hebrew
Producer
Kamal Aljafari
Sales
Kamal Aljafari
Screenplay
Kamal Aljafari
Cinematography
Jacke Besse
Editor
Marie-Hélène Mora
Production Design
Silvija Saranovic
Sound Design
Gilles Laurent
Website
www.kamalaljafari.net