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BRITISH COLONIAL FILM IN PALESTINE


Directed by | Various

Genre documentary  |  Length: 0mins  |  Year of production: 1917


British Colonial Film in Palestine, 1917 to 1947:
Moving Images from the Imperial Archives


Though the footage is seldom seen and only now becoming accessible to researchers, Britain’s colonial rule in Palestine was closely recorded on film.

This programme of amateur, government, and newsreel footage from the period of British rule has been curated with the Colonial Film project specifically for the 2012 London Palestine Film Festival and represents an unique opportunity to explore that remarkable visual record in the company of preeminent scholars and artists.

A selection of works spanning the period by amateur and professional filmmakers will be shown: From choreographed images of Allenby’s triumphant march into Jerusalem in 1917 (a “Christmas present for the British nation”), via “home movies” by troops surged into Palestine for the counterinsurgency during the Arab Revolt of the 1930s, to propaganda pieces aimed at glossing the chaotic British withdrawal from 1947.

These extraordinary films, several of which are silent, will be accompanied by commentary from Francis Gooding of the Colonial Film project, who will also give a presentation on the story behind the 1947 Colonial Office work Portrait of Palestine. Francis will then lead a panel on colonial film archives with artist and filmmaker Kamal Aljafari (Port of Memory, 2009), historian Ilan Pappe, and anthropologist Christopher Pinney.

Copresented with the Colonial Film project (colonialfilm.org.uk)