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British Colonial Film in Palestine: 1917 to 1947
 
 

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BRITISH COLONIAL FILM IN PALESTINE: 1917 TO 1947


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.