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The Past in the Present: Three Palestinian Short Films

  • Showroom Cinema 15 Paternoster Row Sheffield, England, S1 2BX United Kingdom (map)

THE PAST IN THE PRESENT – Three Palestinian shorts

Palestinian filmmakers from different locations - Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza - challenge the erasure of their histories through creatively retracing, retrieving and reflecting on different aspects of Palestinian pasts to challenge the erasure, dispossession and dehumanisation of a stateless people. The films are part of the Creative Interruptions research project. The filmmakers will be present at the screenings to discuss their new films and how creativity can challenge erasure.

For details of how to book, please visit https://www.facebook.com/CinemaPalestino/ or www.creativeinterruptions.com/thepastinthepresent

The Silent Protest: Jerusalem 1929 (2019)
dir Mahasen Nasser-Eldin; 20 mins

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

Jerusalem-born filmmaker Mahasen Nasser-Eldin specializes in reconstructing and scripting historical narratives using audio and visual archives.

Eight Years Later (2019)
Dir Salim Abu Jabal; 25 mins

In 2010 filmmaker, Salim Abu Jabal visited the villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Ghassana where the weekly non-violent Friday demonstrations were being held against the occupation. He interviewed some of the children who were taking part. In 2018 Salim searched for these children who are now between the ages of 17 and 20 to find out how the political situation and the passing of time have affected their lives.

Salim Abu Jabal is a filmmaker, journalist and film critic. His first feature 'Roshmia' was awarded Special Jury Prize at Dubai Int'l Film Festival and was officially selected by IDFA 2015

Gazagraph
Dir Yousef Nateel; Prodr Hussein Owda; 40 mins

Tracing the presence of everything from the earliest glass plate negatives to contemporary digital photography the director explores the way in which Gaza has been documented across the decades. Travelling across Gaza City we meet the successors of the city’s former Armenian photographers as well as contemporary practitioners and gain insight into histories of migration, injustice and Gaza’s social and political past.

Yousef Nateel is a director/filmmaker passionate about telling stories for change. He is CEO of Skills Media Production and has worked with a variety of NGOs developing media projects in Gaza. The development of Gazagraph was supported by A. M. Qattan Foundation.
Hussein Owda is a Palestinian film producer and former CEO for Zaitoon for Animation and Video Games. He also teaches media at university level.

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Refugee Week Open Mic
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