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The haunting films of Kamal Aljafari mix documentary, fiction and personal memoir to render complex portraits of the Palestinian communities in Ramleh and Jaffa, now part of Israel. While providing a rare look at the everyday lives of Palestinian Israelis, the films are more than simply sociopolitical treatises of often-overlooked communities and neighborhoods in danger of dissolving. Aljafari instead astutely balances fiction and nonfiction to capture the fragile rhythms of lives lived in a kind of permanent displacement and the strange limbo of neighborhoods subtly yet inexorably transforming. Although the Ramleh and Jaffa depicted in Aljafaris films have managed to avoid the raw hardships of life in the occupied territories, they cannot avoid the paradoxes of the occupation itself, filed as they are with lives and buildings frozen in time even as they are part of the Israeli present. Pointedly political, Aljafaris films wonderfully embed their ideology into a cinematic poetry graced by light humor.         - David Pendleton, Harvard Film Archive 2010    



Akimbo talks with Kamal Aljafari

By Akimo  - 2009

1. Robert Bresson

"I first read his book Notes sur le cinématographe in Hebrew in Tel Aviv, then I bought a copy in German in Cologne, a copy in French in Paris, and only recently a copy in English...  Read More


Montreal Serai

This Place They Dried From The Sea: An Interview with Kamal Aljafari 

By Nasrin Himada 

Nasrin Himada (NH): How would you position yourself in the trajectory of Palestinian cinema?  You grew up around films that were being made by Palestinian filmmakers, like Michel Khleifi, and seeing the kind of progression of Palestinian cinema taking form. I was wondering how you saw yourself fitting into the canon today, while its obviously still in development.

Kamal Aljafari (KA):  I have seen films by Michel Khleifi and Elia Suleiman and most other films by Palestinian filmmakers. But I would say the only one, which at the time inspired me to make films, was Chronicle of Disappearance by Elia Suleiman...  Read More



Journal du réel n°2 : Entretien avec Kamal Aljafari

Port of Memory, Kamal Aljafari, Premiers films, 63, Palestine, France, Émirats Arabes Unis

Aujourdhui 21h, Cinéma 1 / Samedi 20, 16h, Cinéma 2

On ressent la nécessité que vous avez eu à faire ce film qui est très écrit, presque comme une fiction. Le rythme lent de la camera détermine un espace très fort, comme un ... Read More



Para un palestino, el cine es su patria

Viernes, 4 de marzo de 2011

Ubicada al sur de Tel Aviv, Jaffa supo ser, hasta la mitad del siglo pasado, la mayor ciudad árabe del Mandato británico palestino, con cien mil habitantes y una economía pujante por las bondades de su puerto...  Read More