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Archiving Palestine- Film Screenings + Q&A

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Join us for a special screening of two recently restored Palestinian films once thought lost forever

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A programme of two films from female filmmakers made during the Palestinian revolution followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and founder of The Void Project, Azza El Hassan

The Upper Gate (Bawabat Al-Fawqa), dir. Arab Loutfi, Palestine 1991, 90 min., Arabic with English subtitles

Director Arab Loutfi describes the impetus behind the making of her documentary feature, The Upper Gate (Bawabat Al-Fawqa): When I returned to Sidon in 1983, it had just been occupied. My sister destroyed several documents in a panic because the Zionist soldiers were coming, and I lost many of my mementoes. Friends were killed, and places I had loved were destroyed. I wanted to capture memories that could not be destroyed. The city had survived, and many people I knew were still living there and taking stock of their losses. Actually, everyone in the documentary was someone I loved, and so the film was in many ways an extended form of my memory.

Road to Palestine, dir. Layaly Badr, Germany 1985, 7 min., Arabic with English subtitles

In Layaly Badr’s documentary short, Road to Palestine, seven-year-old Layla – who has been badly injured in an air raid – lives in a refugee camp outside Palestine. Layla and her friends describe how they imagine Palestine, despite never having seen it.

Azza El-Hassan and The Void Project:

The Void Project is an art project by filmmaker Azza El-Hassan that looks at the effect of the Israeli state’s abduction and destruction of Palestinian visual archive on Palestinian visual narrative. ّIn The Void Project the looting of visual archives is seen to trigger a process of recreating, salvaging and preserving visual archive; acts that aim to fill the void which is created by the abduction and destruction of archive. The Void Project duplicates these three acts through its projects: Hidden, Archive Fever and Pep Archive and by doing so it aims to contribute to filling the void.

In ‘Archive Fever’, several Palestinian films have been restored, found or identified for restoration within the project. Most recent films to be restored, are films that were made by women filmmakers, during the revolutionary years of Palestinian Cinema. These restorations were done in collaboration between The Void Project and London Palestine Film Festival.

https://www.thevoidproject.org

Other Cinemas:

This event is part of Other Cinemas Easter Weekender exploring the power of the archive in helping non-white communities tell and share their own stories. For more screenings and talks happening on that weekend, see here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/other-cinemas-20239873253

Other Cinema is a project set up to share the films and stories of non-white people in spaces and ways which aren’t alienating to these communities. We focus on films and documentaries by established non-white filmmakers and invite them to share their journeys, struggles and successes in the field. Other Cinemas also champions new and emerging non-white filmmakers in the hopes of building spaces and connections which are sustaining to these filmmakers who often struggle in a sector which is hostile to them. Other Cinemas was established by Turab Shah and Arwa Aburawa, two local filmmakers who wanted to make the world of film more accessible to non-white communities.

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This event is supported by Brent London Borough of Culture 2020 and Wembley Park.

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