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An Unusual Summer

Fall Grants 2019
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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

About the Director

Kamal Aljafar’s first film, ‘The Roof’ (2006), won the Best International Award at the Images Festival in Toronto. It was followed by ‘Port of Memory’ (2009), which received the Prix Louis Marcorelles at Cinema du Reel Paris. In 2015, he made the film ‘Recollection’, which premiered at Locarno FF, and toured in many art venues and museums. This was followed by ‘An Unusual Summer’ (2020), which premiered at Visions du Reel, and was hailed by many critics as one of the top films of 2020—playing at numerous festivals, including Viennale, Rotterdam, Seville, and winning several awards. Currently, he is editing ‘Velvet Voyage’, a film about a crime committed against an archive. He was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in New York, and in 2009- 2010 was the Benjamin White Whitney fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center. He has taught at The New School in New York and the German Film And Television Academy, Berlin.

Production Company Profile

Kamal Aljafari Studio is the artist base film practice company.

Awards and Festival History


Visions du Reel 2020 (WP – online edition)


Best Film, Contemporary FF 2020


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    Kamal Aljafari

    Kamal Aljafari

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    Kamal Aljafari Studio

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