Emergence: A Brief Introduction to Palestinian Cinema
Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York City
September 27–28, 2006
Over the past two decades, an array of significant new voices have been added to the cinema of the Middle East. Palestinian filmmakers — some working in Israel; some in the territories, many in the diaspora — have created a number of provocative, insightful works that have often challenged the notion of rigid ideologies or monolithic historical readings. Rather, these films have sought to capture the complexity of Palestinian history, culture and identity, using a wide variety of styles and genres. To celebrate the publication of Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema, the first English-language study of this movement, Columbia University Professor Hamid Dabashi, who edited this volume, will introduce the screening of Michel Khleifi’s Wedding in Galilee on Wednesday, September 27 (6 pm), providing a context for this and other groundbreaking works to be included in this brief series.
The films in the series include Wedding in Galilee (Michel Khleifi, 1987), Chronicle of a Disappearance, (Elia Suleiman, 1996), short films by Palesitnian filmmakers, and Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad, 2005).
America’s pre-eminent film presentation organization, The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.