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Kamal Aljafari / Feature Experimental or Essay / Palestine, Germany, Qatar / 2022 / 200 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Essay Documentary


In the summer of 1982, the Israeli army occupied Beirut; soon after raided the Palestinian Research Center, tearing it up and carting away its library, containing 25,000 volumes on Palestine. One of the world’s largest collections on Palestinian history, this library was housed in the center’s eight-floor building in Beirut. The material was loaded onto trucks and driven to Israel. This wasn’t the first time such looting had taken place. Since 1948 and with each new land occupied, archives, images, films, documents were looted. This film is a sabotage film which creates a counter-image in response to the looting of memories


Kamal Aljafari
Kamal Aljafari
Kamal Aljafari
Production Company
Kamal Aljafari Productions

About the Director

Kamal Aljafari is an acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker and artist. His work has been shown worldwide at film festivals such as the Berlinale, Locarno, Viennale and Rotterdam. and museums such as the MoMA and Tate Modern. He attended the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and now lives in Berlin, Germany. In 2009, he was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film seminar in New York. Through 2009-2010 he was the Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at Harvard University. He taught filmmaking at The New School in New York. 2011-2013, Kamal Aljafari was a senior lecturer at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. He was also a Film Study Center-Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. In 2021 he was a jury member for the Leopard of tomorrow section of the 74th Locarno Film Festival and a jury member for the Burning Lights Competition of Visions du Réel, Nyon. In 2021 Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival in Brazil devoted its Focus Section to his work.


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