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(Photo: Zait wa: Zaatar - Festival of Palestinian Arts and Culture; photo in presentation: soccer game Jerusalem, Khalil Raad, 1910)

22nd May 2021 at 2pm (German time) at Forum Factory Berlin or online
In the framework of the Zait wa Zaatar Festival Berlin: Orientalizing the Holy Land or How did the Gaze of Western Christian Travelers contribute to shaping today’s image of Palestine in Europe? (in German)
Christian European men travelled to the Middle East in search of the land as described in the book holy to them. Some prominent travellers, most notably Gustaf Dalman, built up whole archives, now mostly housed by theological faculties in universities, amongst them Berlin and Greifswald. What were their conceptions at the time, the beginning of photography done by travellers (app 1900-1913), how did the images of Arab peoples, indigenous Palestinians contribute to the way they are still portrayed today? And how does this shape the way Europeans see, judge and act on the disputed land that once was known as Palestine?
Panelists: Dr. Bashar Shammout, Irit Neidhardt
Moderator: Cora Jostings

(Foto: ALFILM)

April the 25th at 17.00 CET
In the framework of the 12th ALFILM Home Edition: Genres Revisited: Visionary Imagery and Fragmented Narratives in Contemporary Arab cinema
Genre films are generally associated with mainstream cinema. Through their repetitive form and their often unrealistic content, their aim is usually to entertain an audience. But what happens when an Author decides to appropriate a particular genre, to use genre conventions to develop his/her own visual language, and to make taboo topics visible on the screen? The aim of this roundtable is to discuss the relationship of contemporary Arab film authors with genre films and the way genre conventions serve their discourse on historical, political, cultural and social questions.
Panelists: Ghassan Salhab, director THE LAST MAN and Larissa Sansour, director IN VITRO, Moderation: Irit Neidhardt

at the international workshop Archival Methods and Global Palestine in the 1960s and 1970s on 15. and 16.4.2021 at Roskilde University (DK) the paper "The PLO’s German Cinema Relations and their Archival Traces".

Cairo-Berlin Return. Early Arab-German Cooperation in Film – The Egyptian-German Example. In: Global Media Journal – German Edition, 10(2), Autumn/Winter 2020