Eye On Palestine 2016
27/04/2016 - 17:00
Paddenhoek 3, 9000 Gent
Visionary Palestinian filmmaker and lecturer Kamal Aljafari, will discuss the experimental process of making 'Recollection', his latest film that utilizes footage from Israeli films as raw material for exploring, reconstructing, and sharing the inaccessible history of his erased hometown Jaffa.
"For many years, I have been collecting Israeli fiction films shot in Jaffa as early as 1960. These are films in which Palestinians are disappeared, yet also exist at the edge of frames, visible in traces. Preserved also is a city; alive again in moving images, its gradual destruction over the decades chronicled film by film. From the footage of dozens of films I have excavated a whole community and recreated the city. Though out-of-focus, half-glimpsed, I have recognized childhood friends, old people I used to say good evening to as a boy; my uncle. I erased the actors, I photographed the backgrounds and the edges; and made the passersby the main characters of this film. In my film, I find my way from the sea, like in a dream. I walk everywhere, sometimes hesitant and sometimes lost. I wander through the city; I wander through the memories. I film everything I encounter because I know it no longer exists. I return to a lost time”.
Kamal Aljafari is a graduate of the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne where he received the Visual Arts Award of the City of Cologne in 2004. His films The Roof (2006), Port of Memory (2009) and Recollection (2015) have been screened and awarded at numerous international festivals. Through 2009-2010, he was the Benjamin White Whitney fellow at Harvard University. He currently lives in between Jaffa and Berlin.
The Eye on Palestine Keynote Lecture is organised by Menarg, Eye on Palestine and Courtisane. Info and registration: firstname.lastname@example.org Free entrance upon registration
Eye on Palestine is a festival that promotes quality and stimulating Palestine-related film and arts in Belgium. Born in 2010 the festival has grown from an exclusively film based program to one that also includes visual and live arts, theater and music performances along with lecture and debates.Eye on Palestine offers a platform for artist to express their views on the Palestinian reality.At the same time the festival wants to inject the belgian cultural world with critical and important work that is rarely seen in commercial circuits. The festival takes Palestine to Belgium by bringing the audience together with young and established Palestinian and international directors, artist, writers, musicians, scholars and activists.Eye on Palestine is a non-profit social and cultural project realised by a wide range of Belgian organizations and institutions and many volunteers.