Magazine article Screen International

IFFR: Palestine Film-Makers "Need to Make Films on Their Own Terms"

Magazine article Screen International

IFFR: Palestine Film-Makers "Need to Make Films on Their Own Terms"

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Film-makers discussed the extreme challenges of making movies in Palestine cinema at IFFR's Picture Palestine programme - part of the overarching Perspectives section.

Jumana Manna's music documentary A Magical Substance Flows Into Me (pictured), Ihab Jadallah's shorts Flower Seller and The Shooter and Reem Shilleh's archive collective Perpetual Recurrences were showcased at the event.

Film programmer Nat Muller told Screen the work of Palestinian film-makers is more important than ever with today's complex political realities, and was pleased that there are more women and men, living both in and out of Palestine, making films within the region.

Shilleh, Manna and Jadallah highlighted in a panel, however, that there is also a need to move on from the region's ongoing upheaval.

"Because of this unwillingness to fix certain stereotypes in Palestinian cinema, there seems to be this regression in film-making," said Shilleh. "We need to make films on our own terms."

Manna agreed, adding "One of the challenges is how to work in Palestine, without feeling like you are being disloyal to both local and international audiences.

"The condition of living there is so difficult - it's difficult [as a storyteller] to let go of that. …

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