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Directed by | Sarah Wood

Genre documentary  |  Length: 7mins  |  Year of production: 2009


In an age dominated by the moving image what would it feel like to never see an image of the place that you came from? The Palestinian Film Archive contained over 100 films showing the daily life and struggle of the Palestinian people. It was lost in the Israeli assault of Beirut in 1982. In Sarah Wood’s meditation on this loss and its significances, interviewees recall from memory key scenes and moments from the history of Palestinian cinema. The scenes are each drawn and animated. Where film survives, the interviewee’s impressions are “corroborated” by way of the original films. This is a study of reconstruction and of cinema’s involvement in the formtaking of cultural identity – of an idea that cinema, even in its absence, fuels memory.