The films are accompanied by a Q&A with Dr. Anandi Ramamurthy
In 1982, the Palestine Film Unit archive was destroyed, and its contents stolen during the Israeli invasion of Beirut. It is now known that the Israeli military seized it.
Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University have participated in the work of digitising and restoring Palestinian films from the 1970s and the early 1980s. We will screen four of them and then the restoration project director Bashar Shammout and academic Dr. Anandi Ramamurthy will talk about the project to find, restore and present these films, a lost part of Palestinian culture.
This work is part of the AHRC-funded Creative Interruptions project, which seeks to explore the way artists have used creativity to give voice to the oppressed.
The films selected for this screening are:
Zahrat Al-Madain aka The Flower of all Cities (dir. Ali Siam, 7 mins, 1969)
Palestine in the Eye (dir. Mustafa Abu Ali, 28 mins, 1976)
The Urgent Call of Palestine (dir. Ismail Shammout, 5 mins, 1973)
Glow of Memories (dir. Ismail Shammout, 12 mins, 1972)