Films: Art for the Struggle/Struggle for the Art (Cambridge Film Festival)

September 8, 2009 · Posted in Event · 8 Comments 
September 18, 2009
8:30 pmto10:00 pm

Queens Theatre
Emmanuel College

CINEMA PALESTINE
Syria/Palestine, 1969. 57 mins. Arabic with English subtitles.
Taking its title from Mustafa Abu Ali’s statement – “We used to say ‘Art for the Struggle’, now it’s ‘Struggle for the Art’” – made as he was smuggled into Jerusalem (into which Israel bars his entry) for a clandestine screening, this programme offers an invaluable opportunity to watch some of the best political documentary filmmaking which arose from the Palestinian struggle post-1967. Many of the films of the period disappeared when the Palestinian Film Archive was lost in the siege of Beirut in 1982. In an age dominated by image, these films stand as vital testimony to what was seen, what was made, and what survived.

 

FAR FROM THE HOMELAND
Director: Kais Al-Zubaidi. Syria 1969. 10 mins.
Focusing on life in the Sbeineh refugee camp near Damascus, FAR FROM THE HOMELAND gently parallels the daily life of the camp’s children with a discussion of their hopes and dreams.

THEY DO NOT EXIST
Director: Mustafa Abu Ali. Palestine 1974. 25 mins.
Shooting under extraordinary conditions, the director – who worked with Godard on ICI ET AILLEURS and founded the PLO’s film division – covers conditions in Lebanon’s refugee camps, the effect of Israeli bombardments, and the lives of guerrillas in training camps. THEY DO NOT EXIST is a stylistically unique work that demonstrates the intersection between the political and the aesthetic.

CHILDREN NEVERTHELESS
Director: Khadijeh Habashneh. Palestine 1984. 22 mins.
This film is about the orphan children of Tall El Zaatar refugee camp, re-housed after the loss of their parents. Filmed in 1979, the year designated by UNESCO as the International Year of the Child, the film compares the actual situation of Palestinian children with the International Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

Introduced by artist-filmmaker Sarah Wood.

Film: Identity of the Soul

September 4, 2009 · Posted in Event · 11 Comments 
September 17, 2009
9:00 pmto10:00 pm
September 18, 2009
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
6:30 pmto7:30 pm
September 20, 2009
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
6:30 pmto7:30 pm
September 21, 2009
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
September 22, 2009
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
6:30 pmto7:30 pm

Queens Theatre
Emmanuel College

Premiering at the Cambridge Film Festival
www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

Identity of the Soul is a cinematic event shown across 5 specially installed screens. It features Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Terje Vigen’, a poem central to Norwegian national identity and ‘A Soldier Dreams of White Lilies’ by Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet. Both poems have parallel and complementary themes of retaliation and reconciliation. It stars Vanessa Redgrave.