SCREENING: 70 years of Nakba – A collection of Palestinian Short Films Wednesday 9th May 7 pm @ MAC

19.00 Wednesday 9 May Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH Queen’s Ride, B12 9QH

TICKET LINK https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/70-years-from-nakba-a-programme-of-palstinian-shorts

Join us for a diverse and thought-provoking programme of 9 short films by both young and established Palestinian filmmakers. The first part of the programme reflects directly on the events of the Nakba (the 1948 Catastrophe) and the dream of return through animation, oral testimony and digital technology. The second part explores contemporary experiences, through traditional documentary, docu-drama and the film essay.

The screening will be introduced by Dr Anandi Ramamurthy, Sheffield Hallam University (Creative Interruptions, AHRC) and followed by a post-screening discussion with  Dr Marwan Darweish, Coventry University.

Part One:

History and exile

House,  Ahmad Saleh 2011

For generations, a family lived in a spacious and beautiful house. Guests were always welcome to enjoy a pleasant stay. Until one guest arrived with a different plan in mind. (4mins)

Alyasini,  Sahera Dirbas 2012

Mahmad Alyasini is a Palestinian survivor from Deir Yassin, west of Jerusalem. He recounts his life in the village before the Nakba and tells how he survived the massacre on April 1948. (22 mins)

Your father was born 100 years ago and so was the Nakba, Razan Al Salah 2017

Oum Amin, a Palestinian grandmother, returns to her hometown Haifa through Google Maps Streetview. 7mins

Part Two:

Contemporary dreams and realities

Oslo Syndrome (6 min) Ayman Azraq

Journey of a Sofa (9 min) Alaa Al Ali

Twenty Handshakes for Peace (3 min) Mahdi Fleifel

Message to Obama (7 min) Muhannad Salahat

Interference (11 min) Anim Nayfeh

These five films were produced by Palestinian directors 20 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 and are part of a larger collection of short films called Suspended Time. The films present what feels like a suspended reality of unfulfilled dreams to capture feelings of fragmentation, loss, hope and humour in contemporary Palestinian experience. (2014)

Today they Took my Son (8mins) Farah Nabulsi

The story of a mother coping with her young son being taken away by a military system and her helplessness to prevent the inhumane treatment she knows he is experiencing. (2016)

Programme length 77 mins

Dr Anandi Ramamurthy

Reader in Post-Colonial Cultures
Department of Media Arts and Communication
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield
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