Wednesday | June 7 | 6:00 p.m.
* A very light snack will be served at 5:30 p.m.
** This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
Off Frame, AKA Revolution Until Victory is Mohanad Yaqubi’s study of the films produced by the Palestine Film Unit of the PLO in the 1960s and 1970s. These films reflect a primary concern with self-representation for the Palestinian people and their struggles for self-determination. Unearthing films stored in archives across the world after an unprecedented search and access, the film beings 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. Palestine, France, Qatar, Lebanon | 2016, 62 min.
To read about and watch the trailer of the film click here.
Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker, producer and one of the founders of the Ramallah-based production company, Idioms Film. His films include No Exit (co-written with Omar Kheiry) and Off Frame which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Yaqubi is also one of the founders of the research and curatorial collective Subversive Films that focuses on militant film practices. His filmography as a producer includes the documentary Infiltrators by Khaled Jarrar and the narrative short Pink Bullet by Ramzi Hazboun. His credits as co-producer include the narrative feature Habibi by Susan Youssef and the short narrative Though I Know the River is Dry by Omar R. Hamilton. In 2013 Yaqubi initiated and produced Suspended Time, a short film anthology by young Palestinian filmmakers that reflected on 20 years after the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords. He also teaches film studies at the International Art Academy in Palestine.