OBFS Presents
Looted & Hidden – Palestinian Archives in Israel
w/ short film The Parrot
Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm

Ithaca’s Olive Branch Film Series is once again programming select screenings at Cinemapolis. The group brings cinema by, from and about Palestine to the Ithaca community to promote exploration and discussion of the complexities of Palestinian life, at home and in exile. Both feature films and documentaries are shown.

The Spring 2018 series continues Wednesday, March 28th with a 7 pm screening of Looted & Hidden – the Palestinian Archives in Israel, a newly released documentary produced by Dr. Rona Sela, an Israeli researcher of visual history and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University. The film will be preceded by The Parrot, a 2016 short directed by Jordanians Darin J. Sallam and Amjad Al Rasheed. The screening will be followed by a facilitated conversation led by representatives of the group.

Upcoming screenings in the series include:
Wed, Apr 25 at 7 pm – Wajib
Tues, May 15 at 7 pm – 1948: Creation & Catastrophe

The documentary includes never-before-seen and thought long lost images of Palestinian history that the Israeli army looted from archives in Beirut. Through her research work, Dr. Rona Sela realized that Palestinian history was intentionally missing from the formal narrative of Israel, the fact she discusses in several of her essays on the genealogy of plunder and erasure.

Over the course of twenty years, she encountered many obstacles in obtaining Palestinian pre-Israel materials that would contest the notion of “Palestine, a land without a people for a people without a land”. In one of her interviews, she talks about how the Palestinian material is subjugated to Israeli laws, as if it was Israeli military material, and therefore is suppressed – through censorship, restricted study, access prohibition/limitation, control over what is declassified, when it’s declassified and to whom.

The Parrot – a short 2016 feature film directed by Jordanians Darin J. Sallam and Amjad Al Rasheed about a Mizrahi Jewish family from Tunisia that tries to settle into their new life in 1948 Haifa. They are haunted by an unwanted house guest, a parrot left behind by the former Palestinian residents of the home the government has given the new immigrants to inhabit.