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Early classic of Palestinian resistance cinema reemerges

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Early classic of Palestinian resistance cinema reemerges
Submitted by Sarah Irving on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:07

In 2003, young Palestinian artist Annemarie Jacir had spent years trying to trace a group of resistance filmmakers who, in the 1970s and early 1980s, had devoted their talents to their people’s struggle.

Finally, during the 2003 “Dreams of a Nation” film festival in Palestine, she was able to bring together some of those directors and producers and their works. In the case of one 25-minute drama-documentary called They Do Not Exist, it was the film’s first ever screening in Palestine. It was also the first time its director, Mustafa Abu Ali, one of the founders of the PLO’s film unit, had seen his work in two decades.

Now, the film has been made freely available in versions on YouTube or Vimeo.

Abu Ali’s 1974 film depicts the final days of the Palestinian refugee camp of Nabatia, which was founded to house those fleeing the 1948 Nakba, or establishment of the state of Israel. The south Lebanon camp was destroyed by the Israelis in 1974. The surviving refugees were mostly moved to En al-Hilwe camp.

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