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190, February 2014 Latest update 9 2014f August 2014, at 4.39 am
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Suspended Times

Film programme, 56 minutes, HD

Films by Alaa Alali, Arab and Tarzan Nasser, Ameen Nayfeh, Asem Naser, Asma Ghanem, Ayman Azraq, Mahdi Fleifel, Muhannad Salahat, and Yazan Khalili.

Produced by Idioms Film in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - Palestine Office.


In his article “The Day After,” Edward Said provides an immediate and very sombre reading of the Oslo Agreement signed in September 1993. He begins with the reading of the theatrics of the signing ceremony itself and moves on to declare that the entire agreement is the suspension of most Palestinian rights. Twenty years after the signing, this suspension has created a confusing and disturbing reality in the lives of Palestinians. How can one dwell in the today and produce images that contain a potential for standing as historical reference? - images that feed on a point in history that acts as both beginning and end, and the resonance of this political rupture that we live today.

Suspended Times is a film programme that comprises nine short films. It is a montage of impressions, reflections, and products of the imagination of nine filmmakers and artists. It is a montage of confined spaces - physical and psychological, handshakes, journeys, sound, and time. The films look back at the 20 years that followed the signing of the Oslo Agreement. The programme lays out a spectrum of films that are representational on many levels. On one hand, they reflect the geographic dispersal and fragmentation of Palestinians by the various storylines presented in the films. On the other, they reflect the agreement’s diversity of consequences on the various aspects of Palestinians and Palestine. And then there is the visual treatment, which varies in form and language specific to each filmmaker - form and visual language that exist two decades after the signing of the Oslo Agreement.

The programme’s premiere screening is set to take place on February 12 at 6 p.m., at the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, in the presence of the producers and some of the filmmakers.



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