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’
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.
A Boy, a Wall and a DonkeyIFFR 2017 5′
Three young boys want to make a film in a village without cameras. There is a place they know with plenty of cameras.
One MinuteDina Naser IFFR 2017 10′
Gaza, Shuja’iyya, summer 2014: Salma is sheltering from the bombing. Her mobile phone is her lifeline to the world, but it also announces her impending fate.