A stimulating interview with Palestinian-American film director, Annemarie Jacir, who just screened her latest work “Lamma Shoftak” (When I Saw You) at the DC International Film festival.
A three-part documentary, the film “Route 181” follows the borders drawn up by UN Resolution 181 which was adopted by the UN on 29 November 1947 to separate Palestine into two states – one Jewish and one Arab. 56 percent of the territory was attributed to the Jewish minority while 43 percent was given to the Arab majority, with a small central area given over to international supervision. Fifty-five years later, the journey of these two filmmakers along Route 181 traces a border which never actually existed.
94 mins, 2012, explores in detail the apartheid comparison as it is used in the enduring Israel-Palestine conflict. As much an historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid, the film shows us why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.
“Where Should The Birds Fly?” documents the lives of two courageous young Palestinian women, survivors of Israel’s massive 23 day attack on Gaza that began on December 28, 2008. Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestine.
Short documentary “Restored Pictures,” 22 mins by Mahasen Nasser Eldin followed by “Kings and Extras,” 62 mins by Azza El-Hassan. Both films touch on the significant contributions Palestinians have made to their own documentation, respectively in the periods of pre-Nakba and post-Nakba.