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Michel Khleifi

Visions of Palestine: A Homage to Michel Khleifi

12 Jul 2015

A triple bill of seminal documentaries, followed by a panel discussion with director Michel Khleifi, Peter Kosminsky and Ilan Pappe.

The celebrated Palestinian director Michel Khleifi is 65 this year and Shubbak has invited him to mark this occasion by curating the festival’s main film programme: a themed, personal selection from his own films in dialogue with works of Arab and European cinema. The season explores representations of Palestine and the Arab in European cinema, as well as the struggle for the emancipation of women.

Please note that this event will last approximately four hours including a short interval.

Location Hunting in Palestine 
(dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy 1965, 55 mins)

Location Hunting in Palestine is a record of Pasolini’s visit to the Holy Land in 1964 to scout for locations for the Oscar nominated classic The Gospel According to St Matthew (1965) and his explanation of why he decided not to film there.

Description of a Struggle 
(dir. Chris Marker, France 1960, 60 mins)

Using archival material and location footage, the French auteur explores the challenge for Israeli citizens to come to terms with their new identity and the treatment of its Arab minorities. This film was the winner of the 1961 Golden Bear for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Ma’loul Celebrates its Destruction
(dir. Michel Khleifi, Palestine/Belgium 1984, 30 mins)

Ma’loul is a Palestinian village in Galilee. In 1948, it was destroyed by the Israeli armed forces and its inhabitants expelled. The former inhabitants are only allowed to visit once a year, on the anniversary of Israel’s independence, and have developed a new tradition: they have a picnic on the very site of the destroyed village.

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The ICA Cinema is now completely ad-free. Please note the feature will start following a selection of trailers and information relevant to the ICA programme. All films are 18+ unless otherwise stated.

Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. 11 – 26 July 2015. Shubbak is the UK’s premier festival of contemporary Arab culture, presenting outstanding international Arab artists to London audiences and communities.

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