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Films: Take My Pictures For Me + Degrees of Incarceration + Talkback with Director
Thursday, November 16th @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us for two film screenings and a discussion with the director afterwards:
1) Take My Pictures for Me:
Amahl and Mohammad are both Palestinian, but Mohammad is a refugee born in the West Bank, while Amahl holds an Israeli passport and was born in the United States. When, in the spring of 2014, Amahl went to a protest for refugee rights in Israel and saw there many of Mohammad’s American and European colleagues, she called him in frustration that he could not be there because of Israel’s movement restrictions. He replied with a generous provocation: “Why don’t you take pictures for me?” From there begins an exchange of photographs and a set of video explorations of expression, mobility, Palestinian collectivity, and the limits of what one friend can do for another. Topics discussed include protests of the Gaza War of 2014, prisoners’ hunger strikes, and refugees’ right to return.
2) Degrees of Incarceration:
Introduces a diverse group of Palestinians, including mothers, teenagers, children, and community leaders, as they strive to support each other in the enduring shadow of political prison. Through observational footage and interviews filmed over six years in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, the West Bank, the documentary traces how a group of youth is imprisoned for protesting against the building of the separation wall around their refugee camp. It also addresses how imprisonment changes their lives after their release. Scenes of the everyday ways families get by reveal the emotional intensity of this situation. Elderly parents wake in the middle of the night to make an arduous journey into Israel to visit their long-imprisoned son.
Amahl Bishara is an associate professor of Anthropology at Tufts University whose research revolves around settler colonialism, expressivity, place, and media. She is the author of Back Stories: U.S. News and Palestinian Politics (Stanford University Press 2013), an ethnography of the production of U.S. news during the second Palestinian intifada. This book won the Middle East Section honorable mention for the 2015 book prize. She directed or co-directed the documentaries Degrees of Incarceration (2011) and Take My Pictures For Me (2016). During 2017, she is an ACLS Burkhardt Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. There, she is writing a book on the different conditions of expression for and exchange between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank.