Shorts & Panel discussion


About The Film

A selection of short films and a panel discussion curated in partnership with 2019 Black-Palestinian Solidarity Conference.

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The Island (2018)  Dir Vernon Ah Kee 

The Island looks at the particular logic of Australia in banishing people to islands - linking the brutality of Nauru, Manus and Christmas Island with Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people on Palm Island, which was established as a penal settlement for Aboriginal people in 1918. In the work, two interviewees detail their experiences of fleeing Afghanistan and their dehumanising experience in an Australian offshore detention centre.

Daggit Gazza (2009)  Dir Hadeel Assali 
Daggit Gazza, ‘can be translated as the spicy tomato salad made in Gaza (called daggah) or the pounding of Gaza.’ The video shows the dish being made from start to finish, first by crushing garlic with salt and chili pepper into a paste, then adding basil, tomato and finally olive oil. The video is accompanied by an audio recording of a conversation with the filmmaker’s uncle, Hossam. Only his side of the conversation is heard as he makes small talk about preparing the traditional qatayef sweet during Ramadan, and then moves on to describe to the more serious matter of the impact of Israel’s siege on Gaza. The short video, 7.5 minutes long, has been screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and at the Palestine film festivals in both Houston and Boston.

Past Tense Continuous (2011)  Dir Dima Hourani
Past Tense Continuous shifts the line of inquiry in a historical direction by asking how collective memory is mediated through multiple technologies of memory. Focusing on the case of Palestinian exile, I examine “the past” as it is imagined in a political landscape saturated with iconic images raised to the level of myth.

The Dinner Party (2013) Dir Richard Bell 
The final instalment of the Imagining Victory series (2008 – 2013), in The Dinner Party, a group of white Australians discuss their private views on the interrelationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. They sip wine over a sumptuous meal in a luxurious Brisbane riverside mansion, oblivious to their own privileged position as they blithely perpetuate racist stereotypes and myths. Meanwhile, Gary Foley has just been democratically elected as the first president of the Peoples Republic of Australia and has announced a new wealth distribution policy, assimilation policy, and an assistant-passage immigration policy to the United States of Corporatization.

The Goodness Regime (2013) Dir Jumana Manna  
The Goodness Regime (21 mins, 2013) is an experimental documentary written and directed collaboratively by the artists Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle. With the help of a cast of children, the film investigates the foundations of the ideology and self-image of modern Norway – from the Crusades, via the adventures of Fridtjof Nansen and the trauma of wartime occupation, to the diplomatic theatre of the Oslo Peace Accords. The Goodness Regime was shot in Norway and Palestine and combines the children's performances with archive sound recordings including US President Bill Clinton speaking at the signing of the Oslo Accords, and Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik's New Year address to the Norwegian people in 2000. The film attempts to capture the apparatus that perpetuate the image of Norway as a peacemaking nation and absolve the nation from the power structures it upholds. The Goodness Regime premiered at Kunsthall Oslo exactly twenty years after the conclusion and signing of the Oslo Agreement by Israel and the PLO in August and September 1993 and has since then been shown in a number of exhibitions and festivals around the world.

The Pipe (2019)  Dir Sami Zarour
Haunting isolation and the need for a connection blur the lines
of reality and leave him in between two states. But as he loses
control, his identity gets clearer and his prison turns out to be of
his own making. The Pipe explores the concept of imprisonment,
and what it really means to take away someone’s freedom.
It’s an experience of solitary prison that goes beyond the walls
of a cell, for a prisoner is not always the one confined by walls. 
Unclassified 15+
120 mins

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