Since 1917, the year in which the British government’s Balfour declaration laid the groundwork for what would become Israel, the Palestinian territories have been an example of major social and political divisions. A highlighted fault line on the globe. Picture Palestine presents a visual journey through Palestinian cinema that depicts the tragedies, dreams, absurdity and hope tied to the Palestinian plight. In spite of the lack of equipment and funds, Palestine has developed its own cinematic subculture since the 1960s. From militant 1970’s films and stories from the occupied territories to contemporary experimental short films and science fiction. The programme will feature historic and new material that combines aesthetics, media, politics and contemporary art both in and outside the occupied territories. The exceptional Perpetual Recurrences (Reem Shilleh, 2016) that provides a crash course in Palestine’s cinematic representation over the past forty years, will have its European premiere. Other films confirmed include the short film Like Twenty Impossibles by Annemarie Jacir (Palestine, 2003) and the creative documentary A Magical Substance Flows into Me (Palestine, 2015) by Jumana Manna.
Films in ‘Picture Palestine’
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.
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.
In the Future They Ate from the Finest PorcelainLarissa Sansour, Søren Lind IFFR 2017 29′
A narrative resistance group tries to change the history and fate of its people in the future by manipulating its past through underground porcelain deposits.
A Magical Substance Flows into MeJumana Manna IFFR 2017 68′
An ode to music that undoes the distinction between 'Arabs' and 'Jews', national borders and political differences. Jumana Manna travels across Israel and Palestine with 1930s recordings by German-Jewish ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann, piecing together a multi-faceted musical history of historical Palestine.