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Palestinian Cinema

Landscape, Trauma and Memory

Nurith Gertz, George Khleifi

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Although in recent years, the entire world has been increasingly concerned with the Middle East and Israeli-Palestinian relationship, there are few truly reliable sources of information regarding Palestinian society and culture, either concerning its relationship with Israeli society, its position between east and west or its stances in times of war and peace. One of the best sources for understanding Palestinian culture is its cinema which has devoted itself to serving the national struggle. In this book, two scholars - an Israeli and a Palestinian - in a rare and welcome collaboration, follow the development of Palestinian cinema, commenting on its response to political and social transformations. They discover that the more the social, political and economic conditions worsen and chaos and pain prevail, the more Palestinian cinema becomes involved with the national struggle. As expected, Palestinian cinema has unfolded its national narrative against the Israeli narrative, which tried to silence it.

Key Features

  • The first, serious comprehensive study of Palestinian film.
  • A rare collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian scholars.
  • A reliable insight into Palestinian society and culture, and the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.


1. A Chronicle of Palestinian Cinema
2. From Bleeding Memories to Fertile Memories
3. The Cinema of Michel Khleifi: About Place and Time
4. The Films of Rashid Masharawi: Without Place, Without Time
5. The Films of Ali Nassar: The House and Its Destruction
6. Roadblock Movies
7. The Films of Elia Suleiman: Between Exile and Homeland

About the Author

Nurith Gertz is Professor of Cinema and Literature at the Open University and Head of the Program in Theory and History, Department of Cinema and Television, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

George Khleifi is Deputy Director, Institute of Modern Media, Al Quds University, Ramalla, and a Palestinian filmmake


"It is one of the rare and insightful studies on the cinema of Palestine that addresses the question of cinema's relation to the complex issues of nation, national identity and borders, while specifically anaylzing selected films from four prominent Palestinian directors, along with shorter discussions of many other Palestinian filmmakers."
- Seyda Aylin Gurses, University of Miami, Screening the Past

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