Kamal Aljafari
Palestine, Germany, Qatar, Brazil, France | 2024 | 78 min
World premiere
Languages : Arabic, Hebrew, English
Subtitles : English, French

Jury Prize in the Burning Lights Competition offered by Canton de Vaud

During the military intervention in Lebanon in the summer of 1982, the IDF seized the archive collection of photos and film from the Palestine Research Center in Beirut. Kamal Aljafari reclaims these images, which have been stored by the Israeli army and Ministry of Defense, thwarting this attempt to erase a people deprived of their visual memory.

Reel B75-92 shows scenes of orange-picking in Qalandia in 1957, which, according to the Hebrew description, are images of “terrorists”… They come from a collection of films and photos that were kept at the Palestine Research Centre in Beirut, until it was looted by the Israeli Army during the invasion of Southern Lebanon in 1982, and transferred to the archives of the Hebrew state's army and Ministry of Defense. It was only in the 2010s that academic circles - in Tel Aviv, in particular - began to question the aims of this systematic plundering of the entire Palestinian visual memory, which became war booty in part renamed for ideological reasons: the occupying power de facto ensuring control of the captured material. In A Fidai Film, Kamal Aljafari(An Unusual Summer, VdR 2020) turns this primordial plundering against those who perpetrated it. By revitalizing these lost images through his vibrant editing process, he unleashes the subversive power of a counter-narrative that has been erased over the decades, portraying life in Palestine before and after 1948 - particularly during the British mandate of the 1920s-1930s, when the tangible signs of future spoliation, humiliation and violence were already apparent. The Palestinian filmmaker thus meditates with a unique space-time depth of field on the fate of images produced by a people doubly dispossessed, both of its land, and of its history.

Emmanuel Chicon

A Fidai Film, 2024
UNDR, 2024
Paradiso, XXXI, 108, 2022
An Unusual Summer, 2020
It’s a Long Way from Amphioxus, 2019
Recollection, 2015
Port of Memory, 2010
Balconies, 2007
The Roof, 2006
Visit Iraq, 2003


Attila FaravelliJochen Jezussek
Kamal AljafariYannig Willmann
Simon Fisher Turner
Flavia MazzarinoKamal Aljafari
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