Cinema of the Palestinian Revolution

Following a research and restoration project conducted by Creative Interruptions, this special screening of five restored films produced during the period of the Palestinian revolution marks an important retrieval of Palestinian revolutionary cinema, following the loss of the PLO Film Unit archive after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Until very recently the whereabouts of the archive were unknown. While it is now clear that the Israeli military seized it, its access is limited and denied to Palestinians. The aim of the restoration project has been to return these films to both a Palestinian and international public – hoping that doing so will encourage a deeper understanding of Palestinian cinema history and the intellectual ideas that influenced the PLO’s Arts and Culture Unit.

Works screened:

  • Zahrat Al-Madain AKA The Flower of all Cities, dir. Ali Siam, cinematography: Hani Jawharieh (7m, 1969)
  • Palestine in the Eye, dir. PLO Film Unit/Mustafa Abu Ali (28m, 1976)
  • The Urgent Call of Palestine, dir. Ismail Shammout (5m, 1973)
  • Glow of Memories, dir. Ismail Shammout  (12m, 1972)
  • Palestinian Identity, dir. Kassem Hawal (40m, 1984)

Introduced by Dr. Anandi Ramamurthy, Reader in Post-Colonial Cultures at Sheffield Hallam University, and followed by a discussion with Anandi and Kassem Hawal, director of Palestinian Identity.

Followed by a conversation with Dr. Anandi Ramamurthy and filmmaker Kassem Hawal

Curated by Creative Interruptions, an Arts and Humanities Research Council Project that aims to explore the way in which disenfranchised communities use the arts to have their voice heard.

Presented in partnership with Creative Interruptions and supported by Film Hub Scotland.


Event: Screening

Director: Various

Year: 1969-84

Date: Friday 30 November

Time: 7.45pm

Location: Edwin Morgan Studio, Scottish Youth Theatre