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Summer Film Series

Past Film Series

"Voices ON Palestine"
Summer 2013 Film Series

Fridays | 24 May - 21 June | 6:30 p.m.

The Jerusalem Fund and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University are pleased to present the annual summer film series. This year's series departs significantly from the past in that it is one season in an entire year of film screenings, following on the heels of the Daytime film series of this past spring.  It also departs in title, "Voices ON Palestine" to indicate that not all the films are by Palestinian directors but ALL the films are about the current and/or significant Palestinian issues. One last departure is the inclusion of a lecture by film scholar Dr. Terri Ginsberg on David Koff's 1981 film Occupied Palestine, which we will hold as a daytime screening a few days before the lecture. In spite of these changes, the series maintains the key values of the past
by showing films that explore the social, cultural and political complexities of Palestinian life and identity.  

All films, unless otherwise noted*, begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.  All films are screened at The Jerusalem Fund and are in English or have English subtitles.  Attendance is free and open to the public. RSVP is  required.  Parking is limited.  For directions and parking information, click here.  For all other inquiries, call The Jerusalem Fund at (202) 338-1958, or email

Friday | 24 May| 6:30 p.m.
Fire on the Marmara
Director: David Segara / 69 minutes / 2011

Sacred Stones
Directors: Muayad Alayan & Laila Higazi / 52 minutes / 2011

Wednesday | 5 June | 12:30 p.m.* 

Occupied Palestine

Director: David Koff / 100 minutes / 1981

Friday | 7 June | 6:30 p.m. 

LECTURE with Dr. Terri Ginsberg:"Time for Occupied Palestine" 

Friday | 14 June | 6:30 p.m.
Enemy Alien w/ director Konrad Aderer present
Director: Konrad Aderer / 82 minutes / 2011

Friday | 21 June | 6:30 p.m.

5 Broken Cameras

Director: Emad Burnat / 90 minutes / 2011

Friday | 24 May | 6:30 p.m.

Fire on the Marmara
Director: David Segara /  69 minutes / 2011

On May 31, 2010 while still in international waters, Israeli commandos killed nine people who were traveling on a humanitarian mission on the Mavi Mamara. Traveling together with them, 700 activists from Caracas to Valencia, Barcelona, Brussels, London, Stockholm, and Istanbul attempted to bring supplies and break the blockade that the Palestinian population of Gaza has been suffering for years. A documentation of the events taking place on board the ship before, during and after the attack, filmmaker and passenger David Segara interviews the journalists and activists who survived, exploring their motivations for participating in the Freedom Flotilla.

Co-presented by the Arab Film Festival , California. 70 mins. 2011

Sacred Stones
Directors: Muayad Alayan & Laila Higazi52 minutes / 2011

Natural stone is the most requested Palestinian raw material, considered white oil. The Palestinian stone industry has to serve the construction needs of Israel, including that of illegal settlements on the Palestinian territory. The natural stone’s extraction system causes environmental, social, and health problems within villages, refugee camps and cities. The Israeli occupation responds with persecution of Pales-tinian complaints, whose voices are unanswered by international organizations and ignored by the Palestinian authorities.

| 5 June | 12:30 p.m.

Occupied Palestine
Director: David Koff / 100 minutes / 1981

Long before the first intifada drew international media to focus on Palestinian life under Israeli rule, David Koff produced, in 1981, this detailed portrait of the daily conflict being waged in Palestine/Israel. With a combination of candid interviews and remarkable historic footage, Occupied Palestine unpicks the strategic and ideological motors of colonization in Palestine. Initially banned and pulled out of film festivals, this film is still highly relevant today, and accordingly was selected to screen at the Palestine Film Foundation festival in London, in April 2013. This screening accompanies and will be followed by a lecture on Friday evening, June 7th by Dr. Terri Ginsberg entitled, "Time in Occupied Palestine," on the significance of the film, at the Jerusalem Fund.

Friday | 7 June | 6:30 p.m.
Lecture with Dr. Terri Ginsberg: "Time for Occupied Palestine"
on David Koff's 1981 film "Occupied Palestine"

"Occupied Palestine theorizes Palestinian time in order to convey the urgency of resistance and revolution; whatever time it takes, from its subjects as well as from its audience, is recast for re-deployment, at the moment of its reception, by the very people whose own time - and everything it carries - has been expropriated in the name of Zionism.  The film’s editing carefully implements this quite radical taking of time, this effectuation of contemporaneity which depends for its revolutionary recognition and capture on a cinematic representation and reconfiguration of the theoretical concept of labor (time).  In other words, Occupied Palestine’s veritable uncanniness is enabled by a structure, the sense of which temporality is informed by the idea that modern Palestinian time is occupied labor, human life and work transformed into commodity-value by and within a social system of exploitative relations and practices - of appropriating and co-opting Palestinian lives and practices by literally stealing time from them - for the sake of Zionist domination and its potentially profitable expansion.  Simply no other documentary about the Palestinian–Israeli conflict makes this particular point, that is, that our understanding of the Zionist settlement and occupation of Palestine, and of Palestinian resistance to that, is impoverished unless it includes for consideration the (specific but not entirely unique) relationship between the development and implementation of Zionism and the conditions of Palestinian underdevelopment within the modern capitalist epoch." - Dr. Terri Ginsberg

Friday | 14 June | 6:30 p.m. 
Enemy Alien

Director: Konrad Aderer / 85 minutes / 2011


Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a gentle but indomitable Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented intimacy and historical resonance.

Enemy Alien begins with the quest of a Japanese American filmmaker, Konrad, to document the underside of the patriotic fervor comparing the attacks of September 11, 2001 and Pearl Harbor: the post-9/11 detentions of Muslims and internment of Japanese Americans. Finding these aftermaths to be not only historically resonant but linked by immigration policy, he soon finds his own life transformed by this theme as he becomes involved in the fight to free immigration detainee Farouk Abdel-Muhti.

Friday | 21 June | 6:30 p.m. 
5 Broken Cameras
Directors: Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi / 90 minutes / 2011

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by a Palestinian farmer, Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protest intensify, and lives are lost.

Screening will be presented in conjunction with Mr. Samer Badawi, Communications Manager of the Institute for Middle East Understanding, who will talk about the significance of the film.

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