Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

When Light is Displaced

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox

Zaina Bseiso / Short Documentary / Palestine, United States of America / 2021 / 6 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Biography
MENA Premiere


Interested in its parallels with the fate of the Jaffa oranges, the filmmaker tells her father about her intention to film the last orange grove in Los Angeles, USA. Their disagreement transforms the grove into a space of contemplation on the politics of storytelling in the multi-generational experience of Palestine in exile.

About the Directors

Zaina Bseiso is a film director, producer, and curator working primarily in documentary and experimental cinema. Her work explores the relationship between the materialities of place and issues of memory, surveillance, corporeality, and nationalism. She received her master’s degree in film and video from the California Institute of the Arts. Bseiso is based in Los Angeles and was raised in Egypt by Palestinian parents. Her practice mainly traverses Egypt, Palestine, Cuba, Mexico, and the US. She is co-founder of Bahía Colectiva, a community of filmmakers that collaborate in practice and curation.


Zaina Bseiso
Luis Gutierrez Arias
Brian Griffith
Zaina Bseiso, Luis Gutierrez Arias
Gavati Wad
Andrew Kim

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