Recollection by Kamal Aljafari (2015, 70 min.). In Arabic with English subtitles. Documentary.
The filmmaker returns to Jaffa, the city of his birth and childhood, through Israeli and American fiction films that were shot there going back as far as 1960. All the protagonists are edited out of the original footage; in images of extras and people passing by, the filmmaker looks for the history of the place from which he came. As if in a dream, he wanders through the city and reconstructs his memories of a place that no longer exists, using the rare archived footage to subtly depict every house, road, and square. A uniquely created visual memory record of a city, people, and family in a place once known as the “Bride of the Mediterranean.”
Followed by a Q&A with the director.
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