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British Colonial Film in Palestine: 1917 to 1947

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Directed by | Various directors

Genre documentary  |  Length: 80mins  |  Year of production: 0

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 collaboration with the Colonial Film project is a unique opportunity to explore this 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 of 1947/8.

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.

Following the film screenings, a panel will discuss the works shown: Kamal Aljafari, Ilan Pappe, Francis Gooding, and Christopher Pinney.