The history of the town of Jaffa, a thriving port city now part of Tel Aviv, provides the background for Aljafaris most recent film, centering on his mothers family at risk of eviction if they cant find proof that the house they have lived in for decades belongs to them. Their predicament is rendered with Aljafaris usual subtlety, as well as deadpan humor and dark wit. This skeletal narrative provides the scaffolding for a portrait of life in what was once a bustling neighborhood that was nearly emptied by fighting during the establishment of the state of Israel, and then suffered decades of official neglect. In the meantime, Jaffa was often used as a location for action adventure movies featuring the likes of Chuck Norris. While these films used the city as a generically exotic location, they have now become, in a neat bit of irony, the source of documentary images of the city as it was.
“This is a work that can only be seen, not talked about; all that can be said is that it brings cinema to a place beyond the question of fiction, documentary and video art. Not only that; it does so as if no camera were there, or there were a camera without a man the invisibility here is of film itself. " -Sight and Sound Magazine
" A statement of iconoclastic creative intent from one of the most exciting voices to emerge in Palestinian cinema for a generation. " -Barbican Centre London
“Port of Memory is only an hour long, but quietly and atmospherically touches on the Kiarostamian Uncertainty Principle, with Aljafari liberally corrupting his demi-documentary with scripted dialogue, rehearsals, and even digital effects... Aljafari has a Chris Marker–ian eye. " -The Village Voice