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PROGRAMMA 5: UNRESOLVED MEMORIES

Alternative Histories of Modern Conflict

Friday, 6 June, 22.00h, Cinema
Monday, 9 June, 15.00h, Cinema

This program takes a look at the experience of extreme violence, loss and uncertainty from the perspective of the individual. In the aftermath of war, memories often remain unresolved or one is left alone with devastating historical truths that are still aggressively denied by the collective. At other times a trauma might turn into an obsession if one lives in a place where survival is the only strategy available.

YAWMIYAT AHIR (DIARY OF A MALE WHORE)
Tawfik Abu Wael
video / 00:14:00 / Palestina / 2000
As a metaphor for the Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace process’, Tawfik Abu Wael tells the short fictional story of a male prostitute. Loosely based on a 1972 classic of modern Arabic literature, the film depicts libidinous scenes and violent episodes from the Jewish-Palestinian war in 1948.

ONCE YOU’VE SHOT THE GUN YOU CAN’T STOP THE BULLET
Jayce Salloum
video / 00:07:00 / Canada / 1988
The material for this tape was recorded over a period of three years in diverse places such as Beirut, Jerusalem, Las Vegas, Tijuana and Vancouver. The fragmented images express a sense of alienation and pow- erlessness which one feels when confronted with realities other than one’s own.

MASS GRAVE
Lexy J. Rambadeta
video / 00:26:00 / Indonesië / 2001
Mass Grave is a full and frank account of what happened in the reburial of 26 victims that were killed in the 1965 massacre of members of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). The documentary weaves its story against the tide by presenting evidence of cruelties that were sanctioned by the military in various regions of Central Java.

MUAKA (GRIEF)
Hadar Friedlich
16mm / 00:22:00 / Israel / 2000
A day in the life of a Jerusalem taxi driver in which he buries his son who committed suicide while serving in the army. Having no family he finds himself at work as usual. He meets with blunt reality as it exists in Israel and with grief and pain.


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