A Selection of theory related to the filmmaking practice of Kamal Aljafari

March’s meeting will feature a selection of theory that has influenced the practice of Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari, whose work will be showing as part of the monthly film series, DIM Cinema. We recommend, but do not insist, that you join us for the screening of Aljarfari’s work on Monday, 08 March, at 7:30pm at the Pacific Cinematheque [1131 Howe].

Part essayistic meditation, part family portrait, The Roof is an eloquent and understated exploration of physical and psychic place in the context of Aljafari’s family history. Returning to his parents’ and grandmother’s homes in Ramleh and Jaffa, now part of Israel, Aljafari uses elegant cinematography, unhurried rhythms, and fragmented narrative to convey how space, time and history have been molded by politics and Israeli institutionalized neglect. The roof of the title is an absent one, on the unfinished house where his family has lived since their resettlement in 1948, and it functions as a place of waiting marked by constant deferral.

Aljafari again draws from the lived experience of his kin in Port of Memory, following the reaction of his family when they receive an order to evacuate their home in Ajami, Jaffa’s once-wealthy sea-front neighbourhood. Their lives and those of the other residents are thrown into disarray because they don’t have access to the means to effectively fight back. Radically poetic, Port of Memory is a reflection on the absurdity of being at once absent and present, blending the mundane gestures of everyday life and collective memory.

We will read excerpts from the following works:

Edward Said, After the Lost Sky, “Interiors”
Robert Bresson, Notes to the Cinematographer
Ander Mazawi, “Film production and Jaffa’s predicament”

reading a selection of theory related to the filmmaking practice of Kamal Aljafari
in conjunction with DIM Cinema
Cineworks [1131 Howe, back lane entrance], Vancouver BC
09 March 2010, 18:00

Facilitated by cheyanne turions


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