Kamal Aljafari
Germany, O_PAL, 80 min
World premiere

Following an act of vandalism, the Palestinian filmmaker’s father decides to install
 a surveillance camera to record the scenes unfolding in front of the house. Everyday family life, or neighbours going to work, An Unusual Summer captures fleeting moments of poetry whereas, in the background, the daily choreography of Ramla, located in today’s Israël, comes to the surface.

Following an act of vandalism, the filmmaker’s father decides to install a surveillance camera to record the scenes unfolding in front of the house. Everyday family life, the neighbours going to work, and the children at school, An Unusual Summer captures fleeting moments of poetry whereas, in the background, the daily choreography of the Arab district—that no one some name the “ghetto”—of Ramla, in current Israeli territory, comes to the surface. Composing with this visual material of low-definition aesthetics, finely punctuated with sound effects, Kamal Aljafari creates a mechanical diary of a life that scrolls past the window and succeeds with patience and infinite grace in transfiguring a ‘film à dispositif’  based on a security device into a personal and eminently political fresco. “In the distant past, many years ago, in front of this house, there stood a fig tree in a garden, which has now vanished, bulldozed into memory, and swept up by History and Time.”

Emilie Bujès 

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Duration
80 min
Year
2020
Country
Germany, O_PAL
Section
Burning Lights International Competition
Premiere
World premiere
Language
Arabic
Subtitle
English, French
Production
Kamal Aljafari
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