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The Chronotopes of Palestine

Film screening and discussion

18/08/16 7:00 pm

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The Chronotopes of Palestine is a series of five audio-visual ethnographic short films,  which explore the relationship between memory and place in the context of the ongoing Palestinian dispossession through the memories of three generations of families in Poland and the UK.

The films can be described as ‘follow the routes’ films that strive to trace and map the complex displacement experiences of Palestinians, who live today in Poland and in the UK. The films are linked by the role of the camera, which becomes a ‘travelling device’ across different geographies, boundaries and explores different spatial and temporal layers of diasporic relationships with Palestine(s).  By juxtaposing the vividness of narrators’ memories of Palestine with the ‘absences’ that the camera often finds on the ground in today’s Israel and Palestine, the films strive to question and symbolically re-configure the geographies of dispossession.

The screening is followed by a panel discussion with Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam, the film’s director Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek and the protagonists of the film, Alina Palichleb and Antoine Raffoul.

Dr Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek is a visual sociologist and an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College. Her research and audio – visual practice focus on the intersections of memory, spatiality and exile in the conflict & post – conflict areas. She has curated an exhibition ‘Beirut – Warsaw. Re – birth’ (DTBJ, 2014).

Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College and is a member of the Media Diversified writers Collective. Her book Death and Migrant was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013.

Antoine Raffoul is a Palestinian Architect based in London.

Alina Palichleb is a Polish-Palestinian Veterinary Surgeon based in Krakow

The Chronotopes of Palestine by Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek | 2016 | 45 mins

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