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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Online webinar
Event date: 
Thursday, 29 April, 2021 - 17:15 to 18:30
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MES Public Talks Seminar given by Dr Yael Ben-Zvi Morad, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Palestinian cinema and television of the last decade express a fundamental change in Palestinian identity. Film and television projects in the last decade still express the perception of Palestinians as refugees in their own homeland, along with changes in the perception of land, national memory and individual identity, however the perception of emigration to another country has changed significantly. New film projects represent Palestinians as urban citizens of the modern cosmopolitan world, in which they move about voluntarily and freely, after losing their hope of belonging in local circles of life.

This lecture will focus on new films and drama series created by Palestinians in Israel that end in a possibility of emigration to Europe or North America. I will explore the unique meaning of this new desire for emigration, and its spatial and narrative expressions in new Palestinian cinema. Analysis of these productions will be placed in a historiographic context and will define the new period of Palestinian cinema.

Dr Yael Ben-Zvi Morad is a post-doctoral fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a researcher of Israeli literature and cinema, and the author of the book Patricide: Gender and Nationalism in Palestinian Cinema (2011).


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