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Kamal Aljafari / Feature Narrative / Palestine, Qatar / 2019 / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Family, Exile


“K.” arrives in his native Jaffa after the disappearance of “M.” Like a lurking shadow, “M.” would only occasionally visit his family home— mostly over weekends—and would sometimes disappear for long periods of time. The visits he pays to hospitals and ministries in search for him prove futile, albeit for the fact that they drive him into a sort of labyrinth inside the Tel Aviv of today. But this is just one illustration of the extent to which the lines between the real and the fictitious are totally blurred. When “K.” finds a trace of “M.” in the background of an Israeli fiction film as he accidentally roams the street behind the shooting locale, the haziness between fiction and reality is accentuated further. Meanwhile, in the streets, “K.” watches a film crew as they prepare a real-time explosion to destroy the last iconic building left in Jaffa.


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.

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