Palestinian Cinema

Palestinian Cinema

Landscape, Trauma, and Memory
Nurith Gertz and George Khleifi
Distribution: Canada and United States of America
Publication date: 03/03/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22007-3
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Although in recent years the entire world has been increasingly concerned with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there are few truly reliable sources of information about Palestinian society and culture. One of the best sources for understanding Palestinian culture is the cinema, which has strived to delineate Palestinian history and to portray the daily lives of Palestinian men, women, and children. Here, an Israeli and a Palestinian scholar, in a rare and welcome collaboration, follow the development of Palestinian cinema, commenting on its response to political and social transformations. They reveal that the more that social, political, and economic conditions have worsened and chaos and pain prevail, the more Palestinian cinema has engaged with the national struggle.

Author Bio

Nurith Gertz is Professor of Cinema and Literature at the Open University and Professor and Head of the Program in Theory and History in the Department of Cinema and Television at Tel Aviv University. Her numerous books include Myths in Israeli Culture and Not From Here. She lives in Jerusalem.

George Khleifi is a Palestinian filmmaker and Deputy Director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University, Ramallah. He is the author of numerous articles on Palestinian cinema. He lives in Nazareth.


“An Israeli and a Palestinian scholar, in a rare and welcome collaboration, follow the development of Palestinian cinema and its response to political and social transformations.”

“[O]ffers an in-depth study of an emergent body of films produced under extremely adverse circumstances; it situates these films in their historical, political, and ideological contexts; and it contributes meaningfully to our broader understanding of other 'emergent,' 'Third World,' and 'postcolonial' cinemas. Happily, it is also erudite, providing necessary information to the initiated and uninitiated alike, and it is written in clear, jargon-free language. These qualities make Palestinian Cinema at once authoritative and accessible. Fall 2010”
 — Cinema Journal

“Exploring Palestinian cinema from both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives, Gertz . . . and Khleifi . . . find that as the conflict between Israel and Palestine worsens, Palestinian cinema reflects a changing and more difficult social, political, and economic environment. . . . The films the authors examine are well chosen: they chronicle the Palestinian effort at self-definition and preservation in the midst of continual national chaos emerges. . . . [T]wo elements mark this work as seminal: the ongoing conflict makes analysis of Palestinian society and politics rare; even rarer is a concerted analytical effort by representatives of both sides. The latter, in particular, makes this volume important scholarship and (one hopes) a model for future collaboration. . . . Highly recommended.September 2008”
 — S. Kowtko, Spokane Community College

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Table of Contents

1. A Chronicle of Palestinian Cinema
2. From Bleeding Memories to Fertile Memories
3. About Place adn Time: The Films of Michael Khleifi
4. without Place, Without Time: The Films of Rashid Masharawi
5. The House and Its Destruction: The Films of Ali Nassar
6. A Dead-End: Roadblock Movies
7. Between Exile and Homeland: The Films of Elia Suleiman