November 24th 2016

Palestinian Perspectives 10th Edition: Kamal Aljafari Retrospective

For its 10th edition, Palestinian Perspectives / Regards palestiniens is delighted to present a Kamal Aljafari Retrospective at the Cinémathèque québécoise, featuring five films that will be screened in the presence of the artist:

Tuesday, Nov. 29 – 7 pm
Balconies (2007, 7 min), The Roof (2006, 61 min)

Wednesday, Nov. 30 –7 pm
Visit Iraq (2003, 26 min), Port of Memory (2009, 62 min)

Thursday, Dec. 1 – 7 pm
Recollection (2015, 70 min)

In the course of this event, filmmaker Kamal Aljafari will be discussing Displaced Memory and the Politics of Space with Prof. Peter Limbrick, Film & Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz, on Monday, Nov. 28, 4 pm, at Morrice Hall, TNC Theatre, Room 017,McGill University.

These events are presented in collaboration with the online magazine Hors champ, the Cinémathèque québécoise and McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies, with the support of Montreal Arts Council and the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Fine Arts) of Concordia University.

Excerpt from Nour Ouayda’s text of presentation:

“ ‘You cannot remember quickly. You need to sit and stare.’This was Kamal Aljafari’s response to a question posed by Nathalie Handal, asked in an interview published by Guernica, about what it would mean to ‘see in depth’. To sit and stare, to remember: these simple acts summarise his cinematic practice. In all his work, which comprises two short films (Visit Iraqand Balconies) and three feature films (The Roof, Port of Memoryand Recollection), Aljafari directs his filmic gaze on remains and ruins. To stare, for a long time, to reveal what is hidden. Staring at traces so that ghosts may appear.”

For more details:

For extra information or an interview request with Kamal Aljafari, please contact Mary Ellen Davis at 514 270-7983.

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