A Sketch of Manners

Alfred Roch (Hakim Bishara), a member of the Palestinian National League, is a politician with a bohemian panache. In 1942, at the height of WWII, he throws what will turn out to be the last masquerade in Palestine. Inspired by an archival photograph, A Sketch of Manners (Alfred Roch’s Last Masquerade) recreates an unconventional bon vivant aspect of Palestinian urban life before 1948. Posing silently for a group photo, the unmasked and melancholic Pierrots accidentally personify the premonition of an uncertain future.

Director: Jumana Manna

Length: 8 mins 

Genre: Short (History)