PARADISO,
XXXI, 108

POST-PRODUCTION      2022
DURATION                       20’


A FIDAI FILM

الفلم عمل فدائي


POST-PRODUCTION      2022
In the summer of 1982, the Israeli army occupied Beirut; soon after raided the Palestinian Research Center, toring it up and carting away its library, containing 25,000 volumes on Palestine. One of the world’s largest collections on Palestinian history, this library was housed in the center’s eight-floor building in Beirut. The material was loaded onto trucks and driven to Israel. This wasn’t the first time such looting had taken place. Since 1948 and with each new land occupied, archives, images, films, documents were looted. This film is a sabotage film which creates a counter-image in response to the looting of memories.


FUNDERS

Doha Film Institute
Initial Grant Akademie der Künste Berlin
A.M. Qattan Foundation


BEIRUT 1931

GENRE                       Fiction
DEVELOPMENT        2022

“K.” arrives in his native Jaffa after the disappearance of “M.” Like a lurking shadow, “M.” would only occasionally visit his family home— mostly over weekends—and would sometimes disappear for long periods of time. The visits he pays to hospitals and ministries in search for him prove futile, albeit for the fact that they drive him into a sort of labyrinth inside the Tel Aviv of today. But this is just one illustration of the extent to which the lines between the real and the fictitious are totally blurred. When “K.” finds a trace of “M.” in the background of an Israeli fiction film as he accidentally roams the street behind the shooting locale, the haziness between fiction and reality is accentuated further. Meanwhile, in the streets, “K.” watches a film crew as they prepare a real-time explosion to destroy the last iconic building left in Jaffa.
FUNDERS

Doha Film Institute
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
Metafora Production



Kamal Aljafari
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