15 September 2019

20 september Amsterdam: Ramallah film night

This event has been organised to raise awareness for the development of a Kriterion project in Ramallah, led by four local students and YUA (Young Urban Achievers) with the help of Amsterdam based students working at one of the Kriterion projects: Kriterion Cinema, Studio/K, ‘Skek, De Uitkijk and Kriterion gas station.

Friday September 20th, 19h30 – 23h00

Filmtheater Kriterion, Roetersstraat 170, Amsterdam

Ramallah, the West Bank’s cultural and political hub, has unlike the more parochial West Bank towns of Nablus, Hebron, and Jenin, taken on many of the cosmopolitan aspects of larger metropoles—Beirut, Cairo, Tunis—because of a combination of historical influences, present-day migration patterns, and political realities. The result is a paradoxical ““enclave city”” whose sights are oftentimes more fixed on the global rather than the national level.

Yet Ramallah is a city under siege—encamped and militarily surrounded. It exists in a curious liminality: tethered between indirect colonial occupation and the restless mobilisation of local urbanity—neither directly occupied nor free, besieged but somehow vibrant. (Nasser Abourahme)

Despite the fact that our selection of films is not directly situated in or focused on Ramallah, the films do reveal a sense of the cultural and political realities that are representative for the de facto capital of the West Bank, Palestine.

Part 1 | 19.30 – 21.30 | Tickets: https://tickets.kriterion.nl/kriterion/nl/flow_configs/webshop/steps/start/show/312605

The Urgent Call for Palestine, Ismail Shammout, 1973 (5 min)

The Living of the Pigeons, Baha Abu Shanab, 2015 (17 min)

We Began by Measuring Distance, Basma Al-sharif, 2009 (19min)

Introduction to the End of an Argument, Jayce Salloum & Elia Suleiman, 1990 (45 min)

After these films, there will be a panel discussion. Detailed information will follow soon…

Part 2 | 21.45 – 23.00 | Tickets: https://tickets.kriterion.nl/kriterion/nl/flow_configs/webshop/steps/start/show/312607

Bonboné, Rakan Mayasi, 2017 (15 min)

Suspended time, 2014 (58 min, a collection of 9 short films):

Leaving Oslo, dir. Yazan Khalili
From Ramallah, dir. Assem Nasser
Message To Obama, dir. Muhannad Salahat
Journey of a Sofa, Alaa Al Ali
Interference, dir. Amin Nayfeh
Apartment 10/14, dir. Tarzan and Arab Nasser
Oslo Syndrome, dir. Ayman Azraq
Twenty Handshakes for Peace, dir. Mahdi Fleife
Long War, dir. Asma Ghanem

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