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Kamal Aljafari / Feature Experimental or Essay / Palestine, Germany, Qatar / 80 min / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Animation, Docufiction


My father installed a surveillance camera and recorded the scenes in front of the house, continuously. Without human interference or awareness in the making of the image, my father’s camera captures an absurd choreography of characters and events in the so-called “Arab Ghetto” of Ramle in today’s Israel.


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.

Awards and Festival History


Visions du Reel 2020 (WP – online edition)


Best Film, Contemporary FF 2020


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