Visions of Palestine

a homage to michel khleifi

Sun 12 July 2015, 2-5.30pm

Film · Highlights · Talks · Institute of Contemporary Arts

Michel Khleifi

Michel Khleifi


Sun 12 July 2015, 2-5.30pm

The Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Mall,
London SW1Y 5AH
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A homage to Michel Khleifi

The celebrated Palestinian director Michel Khleifi is 65 this year and Shubbak has invited him to mark this occasion by curating the festival’s main film programme: a themed, personal selection from his own films in dialogue with works of Arab and European cinema. Spread across three venues, the season explores representations of Palestine and the Arab in European cinema, as well as the struggle for the emancipation of women.

Visions of Palestine: 
A triple bill of seminal documentaries followed by a panel discussion featuring Tariq Ali, Michel Khleifi, Peter Kosminsky (The Promise) and Ilan Pappé.

Location Hunting in Palestine
Pier Paolo Pasolini | Italy | 1965 | 55 mins
Location Hunting in Palestine is a record of Pasolini’s visit to the Holy Land in 1964 to scout for locations for the Oscar nominated classic The Gospel According to St Matthew (1965) and his explanation of why he decided not to film there.

Description of a Struggle
Chris Marker | France | 1960 | 60 mins
Using archival material and location footage, the French auteur explores the challenge for Israeli citizens to come to terms with their new identity and the treatment of its Arab minorities. Winner of the 1961 Golden Bear for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Ma’loul Celebrates its Destruction
Michel Khleifi | Palestine/Belgium | 1984 | 30 mins
Ma’loul is a Palestinian village in Galilee. In 1948, it was destroyed by the Israeli armed forces and its inhabitants expelled. The former inhabitants are only allowed to visit once a year, on the anniversary of Israel’s independence, and have developed a new tradition: they have a picnic on the very site of the destroyed village.

Part of the Season: A homage to Michel Khleifi