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Directed by | Diana Allen

Genre documentary  |  Length: 54mins  |  Year of production: 2009

Terrace of the Sea (Jal el Bahar) was shot in 2008 in an unofficial Palestinian Bedouin gathering established in 1948 on a stretch of beach north of Tyre, in south Lebanon. Structured around a collection of family photographs taken over three generations, the film engages with the historical experience of this community by focusing on their precarious relationship with the environment, and in particular on the role that the sea plays in their lives. Terrace of the Sea examines the experiences of the Ibrahim family – not simply through the prism of nationalist politics, but also through their relationship to work and to the physical environment. More broadly, the film is a meditation on the process of memory and on the distances between photography and film, land and sea and – between seeing and being seen. Director Diana Allan is codirector of the Nakba Archive, and an anthropologist specialising in visual and oral memory.