Unseen Palestinians Film screenings

Curated by Nahed Awwad

When we think of Palestine, what are the images coming to our minds? And which are the pictures we are missing from the depiction of Palestine and Palestinians? For one, there is the historic dimension, on a collective and on a personal level, that is surely missing from the image coming up in a general audience’s mind’s eye. Just as important is to add the portrayal of Palestinian women as individuals with agency and independence as a counter-image to those prevalent in the Western Media. This collection of Palestinian films will contribute to revising the image of Palestine in these two dimensions.


Additional online Screening !
Friday December 11, 6 PM | Online via Vimeo
Followed by Q+A:
Nahed Awwad speaks with Mahasen Nasser-Eldin

Restored picture (2012) 30 mins
Director: Mahasen Nasser-Eldin

We travel in this documentary between Bethlehem, Haifa and Nazareth to explore the life of Karimeh Abbud – the first female photographer in pre-1948 Palestine. Born in Bethlehem in 1893, Karimeh rapidly rose to prominence in a traditionally male-dominated profession after receiving her first camera as a teenager. Her photos are important historical records of life in Palestine in the early 1900s.

The Silent Protest: Jerusalem 1929 (2019) 20mins

Director: Mahasen Nasser-Eldin

On 26 October 1929, Palestinian women launched their women’s movement in Jerusalem. Approximately 300 women converged into the city from all over Palestine. They held a silent demonstration through a car convoy across the city in protest at the British High Commissioner’s bias against Arabs in the Buraq uprising. This is their story.

2021

Wednesday January 13, 7 pm | City Kino Wedding

Amreeka 2009 , 97 minutes

Director: Cherien Dabis

Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna’s sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years’ experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job’s at a nearby bank. It’s spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How he’ll respond to it and to American youth culture and how Muna will sort things out with her family are the rest of the story. Tragedy or hope?

Wednesday January 27, 7 pm | City Kino Wedding

Speed Sisters (2015) 85mins

Director:  Amber Fares

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.


Sunday February 14, 3 PM | Moviemento Kino

Short Films: Archive in Palestinian Cinema

Restored picture (2012) 30 mins
Director: Mahasen Nasser-Eldin

We travel in this documentary between Bethlehem, Haifa and Nazareth to explore the life of Karimeh Abbud – the first female photographer in pre-1948 Palestine. Born in Bethlehem in 1893, Karimeh rapidly rose to prominence in a traditionally male-dominated profession after receiving her first camera as a teenager. Her photos are important historical records of life in Palestine in the early 1900s.


The Silent Protest: Jerusalem 1929 (2019) 20mins

Director: Mahasen Nasser-Eldin

On 26 October 1929, Palestinian women launched their women’s movement in Jerusalem. Approximately 300 women converged into the city from all over Palestine. They held a silent demonstration through a car convoy across the city in protest at the British High Commissioner’s bias against Arabs in the Buraq uprising. This is their story.


NAIM & WADEE’A (2000) 20mins

Director: Najwa Najjar

A 20-minute documentary on the social history of Yaffa, Palestine based on the oral history of the filmmaker’s family, and includes photo archives of the Azar family (a Yaffan family).


A Sketch of Manners (Alfred Roch’s Last Masquerade) 12 min HD video, 2013

Director: Jumana Manna
co-scripted with Norman M. Klein


Alfred Roch, member of the Palestinian National League, is a politician with a bohemian panache. In 1942, at the height of WWII, he throws what will turn out to be the last masquerade in Palestine. Inspired by an archival photograph, A Sketch of Manners (Alfred Roch’s Last Masquerade) recreates an unconventional bon vivant aspect of Palestinian urban life before 1948. Posing silently for a group photo, the unmasked and melancholic pierrots accidentally personify the premonition of an uncertain future.


Sunday February 14, Sunday 5 PM | Moviemento Kino

Port of Memory (2009) 85 mins

Director: Kamal Aljafari

In what is left of the city of Jaffa, a man about to lose his house contemplates his fate. Meanwhile two women remain tied to their homes. Cats scrabbling her front door, one finds solace feeding her old mother, until her house is taken over by an Israeli film crew. The other immerses herself in dreams of love while making wedding decorations. In a nearby café an old captain sits motionless the whole day through, while another man moves restless like a fish in an aquarium. For these Palestinian characters this is a way of life, holding onto hope through their own rituals.