From Marseille to Paris, the Ciné-Palestine festival archives Palestinian cultural memory

From Marseille to Paris, the Ciné-Palestine festival archives Palestinian cultural memory
From Marseille to Paris, the Ciné-Palestine festival archives Palestinian cultural memory

Although none of the 45 films selected were made after the Hamas attack on October 7, which led to an intensive response from the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip, the festival nevertheless resonates with current events by denouncing the living conditions precarious situation of Gazans for decades.

We delve into the archives but the idea is not to take our eyes off the Gaza Strip“, explained Morgane Ahmar, co-organizer of , to AFP, speaking of a “ongoing genocide“.”Memory and struggle interact, the idea being to show perpetual Palestinian resistance.

Several of the short and feature films broadcast had long disappeared after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, with many Palestinian films then being stored in Beirut. But they were recently recovered all over the world by several archivists, and some required significant restoration and subtitling work.

Family archives

Other, more recent productions are based on family archives such as “Bye Bye Tibériade”, a documentary by Lina Soualem (2023) where, through the stories of three generations of women, filters the pain of exile linked to departure. forced from the Palestinian territories. Some films combine the comic and the intimate, such as “The Return of Aida” by Palestinian-Lebanese director Carol Mansour, a 2023 documentary in which she undertakes to bring back her mother’s ashes to Jaffa, the southern part of Tel -Aviv in Israel.

We prioritized films made by Palestinians, with the idea that they could reclaim their own stories. That they are not always seen as fighters“, continues Morgane Ahmar. One of the exceptions, “Voyage à Gaza” (2024), documentary directed by the Italian Piero Usberti, criticizes the lead inflicted on Gazans by the Islamist regime of Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization by Israel, the European Union and the United States in particular, just as he highlights the daily difficulties linked to the embargo imposed by Israel.

Several evenings will be dedicated to youth in the Palestinian enclave. “We wanted to show not only the suffering and pain but also the joy and humor that we can encounter on a daily basis, especially children. Because paradoxically, humor often shines through in these productions“, says Mathilde Guitton-Marcon, co-organizer of the festival.

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