PFF | The Palestine Film Foundation
contact PFF
film database


Jaffa: The Orange’s Clockwork
 
 

Stay up to date

Sign up for PFF's newsletter

Sign up for PFF's newsletter

Join our community

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Follow Palestine Film Foundation on Facebook  Follow Palestine Film Foundation on Twitter
Make a donation

The PFF is a non-profit body that relies on donor support. You can contribute by making a secure online donation here.

The PFF will not reuse or transfer any data provided.

PFF resources | Index of films screened by the PFF
JAFFA: THE ORANGE’S CLOCKWORK


Directed by | Eyal Sivan

Genre documentary  |  Length: 86mins  |  Year of production: 2009


Jaffa: The Orange’s Clockwork is the new film by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Eyal Sivan (Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in PalestineIsrael (with Michel Khleifi), The Specialist, Izkor: Slaves of Memory). The film is a political essay excavating the entwined visual and political histories of that famous citrus fruit originating in Palestine and known worldwide as the "Jaffa Orange". While this orange has been translated into a symbol of the Zionist enterprise and even the state of Israel, for Palestinians it remains a powerful symbol of the loss and destruction of their homeland. By exploring the visual history of this brand, the film reflects on western fantasies related to the ‘Orient’ and ‘Holy Land’. It asks after the brand’s attachment to the state of Israel and unveils an untold story of what was once a communal symbol and industry shared by Arabs and Jews in Palestine. Visually captivating and politically bold, Sivan’s latest weaves a tapestry of archival material and interviews, ultimately asking what the Jaffa Orange’s past might offer for the future in Palestine/Israel.