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My Neighbourhood (2012) — A Documentary Film by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

My Neighbourhood (2012) — A Documentary Film by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

First released in 2012, “My Neighborhood” is a documentary film that follows the life of Mohammed El Kurd, “a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading a campaign of court-sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area.”

Produced for Just Vision, an organization seeking to build peace between Palestinians and Israelis, the symbolic meaning of this film has ascended to greater historical importance given the current and horrific situation being lived in the neighborhood at the center of this film and by extension in the rest of Palestine.

More than a decade later, the producers of the film held an online screening on April 22, 2021, followed by a discussion about Sheikh Jarrah with the film’s protagonist, Mohammed El Kurd (now in his 20s), and Just Vision’s Director of Education and Outreach in Palestine and the film’s producer, Rula Salameh. The conversation was moderated by Just Vision’s Executive Director, Suhad Babaa.

Roof Knocking (2017) — A Short Film Directed by Sina Salimi

Roof Knocking (2017) — A Short Film Directed by Sina Salimi

In war-stricken Palestine, a woman prepares a meal for her family to break the fast in the month of Ramadan. A phone call by an Israeli soldier alerts her of the bombing of her building in 10 minutes. Coming to accept her family’s fate is the only way she has to make a stand for her life, with grim consequences. Synopsis by Sergio Salazar. The film is based on a ‘standard procedure’ that was ‘innovated’ and put into effect by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) since 2008.

Film Commentary: On Axone — by Enatoli Sema

Film Commentary: On Axone — by Enatoli Sema

“The intent for writing this piece arose from a desire to note a historic event for the people from the Northeast,” writes Enatoli Sema in her commentary on “Axone,” a film she considers a “critical piece of art.” In response to the film and what it inspired in the writer, Sema first reflects on her heritage, culture and its intrinsic value and secondly, on the “unacceptability of discrimination.”

RIP: A Remix Manifesto (2008) — Directed by Brett Gaylor

RIP: A Remix Manifesto (2008) — Directed by Brett Gaylor

Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age.

Out of Sight (2019) — A film by Azad Essa and Horia El Hadad

Out of Sight (2019) — A film by Azad Essa and Horia El Hadad

In what Kashmiri writer Mirza Waheed has interrogated as “the world’s first mass blinding,” here is the story of 18-year-old Farzan Sheikh, who was blinded by pellets fired by Indian government forces a year after the horrific four month curfew of 2016. During that year, “17,000 adults and children” had “been injured” and “nearly five thousand” had “been arrested”, while “an entire population spent the summer under the longest curfew in the history of curfews in Kashmir.” However, with so many Kashmiris blinded through the use of pellet fire, the state’s policy did not change. In 2017, Farzan became yet another target of such violence while attending a funeral procession. Azad Essa and Horia El Hadad present his story in this short documentary. Relevant links included.

Where Have You Hidden My New Moon Crescent? — by Iffat Fatima

Where Have You Hidden My New Moon Crescent? — by Iffat Fatima

Iffat Fatima’s documentary “Where Have You Hidden My New Moon Crescent?” traces the journey of Mughal Mase (from Habba Kadal, Srinagar) in “her relentless quest for justice” while seeking answers about the enforced disappearance of her only son, Nazir Ahmed Teli, a teacher who was picked up by the Indian armed forces on September 1, 1990, only never to be found again. The film also tells the larger story of enforced disappearance in Kashmir, and reveals the close-knit community of support that the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has developed over the years under the leadership of its founder, Parveena Ahangar.

Documenting Faith: Physical Devotion in Werner Herzog’s Pilgrimage (2001) and Wheel of Time (2003) — by Chantal Poch

Documenting Faith: Physical Devotion in Werner Herzog’s Pilgrimage (2001) and Wheel of Time (2003) — by Chantal Poch

Abstract: To make visible the invisible has always been a key challenge to film. This paper will study how German director Werner Herzog, a regular explorer of the material / spiritual dichotomy, has managed to visualize something as invisible as faith in his documentaries Pilgrimage (2001) and Wheel of Time (2003). By identifying a strong narrative and aesthetic focus on gesture, we will work on a possible reading on physical devotion as a contemporary substitute to sacrifice. Gesture, then, will become not only the visible translation of what we will argue is represented as a natural and universal faith, but also the apparatus enabling the feeling of the sacred.

1984 Sikh Massacre: News Footage with Interviews and Testimonials — Media Compiled by Ensaaf

1984 Sikh Massacre: News Footage with Interviews and Testimonials — Media Compiled by Ensaaf

Recorded a few days after the 1984 Sikh massacre, here is media footage compiled by Ensaaf, “a nonprofit organization working to end impunity and achieve justice for crimes against humanity in India, with a special focus on Punjab, by documenting abuses, bringing perpetrators to justice, and organizing survivors.” Included are relevant links to Ensaaf’s website, their publications, reports, videos, and other resources about a very highly relevant and persisting struggle for justice. All embedded media links back to original sources with proper citation and with this particular video featured in our film (documentary) section.

Documentary: Making Art In The World's Most Militarised Region — by Journeyman Pictures

Documentary: Making Art In The World's Most Militarised Region — by Journeyman Pictures

Journeyman Pictures presents an introductory documentary that collects the testimonials from a select group of Kashmiri artists who narrate the experience of producing art in and from Kashmir, the most militarized zone in the world. In the process of narration, painters, poets and contemporary artists in general describe what it is for them to live amidst military conflict while developing their respective art practices. The documentary is presented to give a very limited view of the developing Kashmiri art scene from the valley itself, with interviews from emerging and senior level artists, including interjections in verse by young resident-poet Zeeshan Jaipuri.

Paseo: Poetry to Disarm a War — by Amjad Majid

Paseo: Poetry to Disarm a War — by Amjad Majid

The Spanish Civil War and its memorialization has become an institution unto itself in contemporary Spain. On a yearly basis, new films, novels, poems, texts of fiction, scholarship and research emerge to expand the culture of revisiting, exploration and study brought about by this defining event of Spanish history. One such film, a short one, is the 2007 Paseo (translated “A Walk”) that takes one of the most famous poems by Mario Benedetti (“Corazón coraza,” translated “Armored Heart”) to weave a story about three men waiting for an inevitable encounter.

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