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Directed by | Sandra Madi
Genre documentary | Length: 62mins | Year of production: 2008
Perforated Memory tells the story of a group of exguerrillas (Fedayeen) who were active members in the Palestinian Revolution Movement during different stages of the struggle. Many wounded guerrillas reside today in Jordan where they have suffered from poverty, neglect and a certain “amnesia” amongst others regarding the sacrifices and heroism entailed in their contributions to the struggle. Sandra Madi’s heartbreaking film shows that the journey from revered images of freedom fighters upholding a just cause, to those of dejected elderly men in worn clothing, perhaps physically or mentally disabled, seems short indeed. Perforated Memory asks how the political events and personal narratives contributing to collective memory have been deformed to arrive at this tragic forgetfulness. Madi’s film won top prize at Beirut’s Docudays 2009 Festival.