rushes of Tal Al Zaatar, AAMOD, Rome. Courtesy of Mohanad Yaqubi
"In this interview for Ibraaz, writer and critic Sheyma Buali talk to Palestinian filmmaker Mohanad Yaqubi about his latest project, Off Frame. Working with found documentary footage of the first two years of the Lebanese Civil War shot by the Palestine Film Unit (PFU), these precious reels were lying neglected in Italy until Yaqubi re-discovered them in 2011. He has since brought them to life again to show the depth of Palestine's filmmaking history, its role in shaping Palestinian identity, and it ties to the wider Third Cinema movement. What unfolds here is a story of a specific form of 'militant cinema', in which "reels were treated as ammo" and a narrative of commitment and circumstance in which images revisit a history once though lost to the vagaries of war unfolds. To this, Yaqubi adds his own question, namely: Was there more revolution in cinema than revolution itself?"
read: A MILITANT CINEMA: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN MOHANAD YAQUBI AND SHEYMA BUALI
Zeyneb, film still from Tal Al Zaatar, 1977. Courtesy of UNITEL FILMS/PFU