“Those were the days when girls were prettier, when eyes were in all colors, without any color. What’s Different now – the camera, or the eyes?” asks Abdel Salam Shehadah’s poetic and mesmerizing homage to the studio photographers of the 1950’s – 70’s. Set partly in a refugee camp in Rafah, Gaza, this is a remarkable look back at fifty years of Palestinian and Arab history, through photographs, reportage and the voices of these photographers today. Palestine | 2008, 53 min.
Abdel Salam Shehada is based in Gaza and has directed more than 20 documentary and essay films. He has worked in television production and media and as a camera and sound technician, as well as in various capacities for international news crews.