Documentary directed by Mohanad Yaqubi (2016, 62 min.). In Arabic, English, French, and Italian with English subtitles.
Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory is a meditation on the Palestinian people’s struggle to produce an image and self-representation on their own terms in the 1960s and ’70s, with the establishment of the Palestine Film Unit as part of the PLO. At that time, the Palestinian revolution collaborated with filmmakers, actors, and activists from Syria, Italy, UK, Lebanon, France, Germany, Argentina, and many others, and made partnerships with institutions in Berlin, Moscow, Baghdad, and Cuba. Despite their prolific output, few of their works remain (many of them having been seized by Israel).
Yet there is much to learn from revisiting this era and piecing together the narrative of Palestinian militant cinema. Off Frame aims to fill this gap in the collective memory. Unearthing films stored in archives across the world after an unprecedented search, the film begins with popular representations of modern Palestine and traces the works of militant filmmakers in reclaiming image and narrative through revolutionary and militant cinema. In resurrecting a forgotten memory of struggle, Off Frame reanimates what is within the frame, but also weaves a critical reflection by looking for what is outside it, or what is off frame.
Looted and Hidden: Palestinian Archives in Israel
Documentary directed by Rona Sela (2017, 42 min.).
Looted and Hidden investigates the cinematic and other archival treasures that Israel plundered from various Palestinian visual and research institutions in Beirut in the 1980s. The film follows four historical figures who are involved in the fate of these Palestinian archives. Based entirely on archival materials, extensive research, and interviews with the individuals it portrays, Looted and Hidden exposes, for the first time, Palestinian materials that were erased deliberately from the public sphere by Israel and were, for many years, presumed to have been “lost.”
Looted and Hidden explores how Israel acquires Palestinian archives and treasures and conceals Palestinian history from the public sphere through control mechanisms, including seizure, censorship, classification, and misinterpretation of indigenous materials.
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