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JAWHAR AL SILWAN


Directed by | Najwa Najjar

Genre documentary  |  Length: 45mins  |  Year of production: 2001


Full Title: "Jawhar Al Silwan (Quintessence of Oblivion)"

Najwa Najjar (Yasmine’s Song and Naim and Wadee’a ) structures this oral history investigation on Jerusalem around three turbulent periods in Palestinian history 1948, 1967 and 2001. Prompted by her curiosity about the boarded up and decaying remains of the city’s Al Hambra cinema, the director embarks on a journey into the city’s past using interviews and a fascinating collection of archival materials to bring the cinema back to life and, through it, a Jerusalem now inaccessible to most Palestinians. Once a city with a thriving middle class and host to the nation’s major cultural institutions, the Jerusalem the film brings to life seems at times as removed from today’s grim realities as the larger than life screen stars of eras go by which appear throughout the film.