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Al-yad al-khadra
Jumana Manna
Camera Lucida 2022
Documentary Film
Palestinian Territories
2022
63 minutes
Arabic,
Hebrew
subtitles: 
English

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Jumana Manna
Jumana Manna
Eyal Vexler
Marte Vold
Ashraf Dowani
Yaniv Linton
Katrin Ebersohn
Jumana Manna
Montaser Abu 'Alul
Rashad Becker
Simon Veroneg
Jumana Manna
Rabea Eghbarieh

The herb dispute, in this case about ’Akkoub (gundelia) and Za’atar (wild thyme) is one of the more bizarre aspects of the Middle East conflict. These plants are much sought-after ingredients of Palestinian cuisine and have been collected for generations; for reasons of nature conservation, however, this is forbidden in the West Bank. Israeli park rangers thus find themselves in hot pursuit of their collectors for a fistful of greens. Jumana Manna humorously presents the poaching as civil disobedience.

The Berlin-based Palestinian artist combines documentary and scripted material with pop references. Once, when archival footage illustrates the hype surrounding the illegal herbs, we hear Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and Morricone’s harmonica melody from “For a Few Dollars More”. The ban also has an economic side, since Israeli companies are selling Za’atar as a spice mix. Drone and panoramic shots suggest the absurd manhunt for elderly people picking for their own needs. One of them says: “I’ll also be caught in 2050 with my children and grandchildren.” Manna wrote the court hearings based on real cases with lawyer Rabea Eghbarieh. Not mentioned in the film is the political success the attorney of the Adalah NGO contributed to in 2019: According to the new directive of the Ministry of the Environment five kilogrammes of the plants may be picked.
Jan-Philipp Kohlmann
Nominated for Leipziger Ring
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Out of Balance
War and Conflict
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Our Memory Belongs to Us

Frihed, håb og andre synder – Den syriske revolution 10 år senere
Rami Farah, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Denmark,
France,
Palestinian Territories
2021
90 minutes
Arabic
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English

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Rami Farah
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Lyana Saleh
Anne Köhncke
Reema Jarrar
Gladys Joujou
Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Henrik Garnov
Anders V. Christensen
Kinan Azmeh
Dima Saber
Rami Farah
Lyana Saleh
Signe Byrge Sørensen

The most valuable thing Yadan carries with him on his flight is a hard drive. It contains almost 13,000 videos recorded in 2011 and 2012 by him and other insurgents in Daraa, the “cradle” of the Syrian revolution. Eight years later, Yadan and two of his fellow travellers meet in a theatre in Paris to (re)confront the material. In the dialogue between the men and the images, a piece of the country’s history begins to take shape.

When peaceful protest turns into brutal war, a small group of civilians become the voice of Daraa. They film where there is no official coverage: at first in order to help the revolution into actual existence by their media representation, later to bear witness in an urgent plea for help to the international community. Against the human rights crimes of the government troops, against shelling and bombs – the camera is their weapon. The cinematic set-up becomes the starting point for a reflection about the meaning of images, then and now, and at the same time triggers a conversion of personal into collective memories. The protagonists’ reactions reveal how painful this process is: “Is the collection of the story worth all the violence that memory brings back?” is asked from offscreen. The film gives a decisive answer.
Sarina Lacaf
Winner of Leipziger Ring
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Exile
State of the World
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When Light Is Displaced

When Light Is Displaced
Zaina Bseiso
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Palestinian Territories,
USA
2021
7 minutes
Arabic
subtitles: 
English

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Zaina Bseiso
Luis Gutierrez Arias
Zaina Bseiso
Zaina Bseiso
Zaina Bseiso
Luis Gutierrez Arias
Brian Griffith
Zaina Bseiso
Sarah Ibrahim
Gavati Wad
Adam Wand
Jordan Wong

In her light-footed film miniature, Zaina Bseiso links the disappearance of the last orange grove from the suburbs of Los Angeles with the fate of the Jaffa orange, a native fruit of Palestine. When she engages her father in a conversation regarding this content and artistic concept, it turns into a discussion about how a good documentary can approach reality and why – with all due respect for realism – we must never underestimate the power of illusion.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
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State of the World
Exile