A film hosted by North Devon PSC: Looted and Hidden – Palestinian Archives in Israel, Rona Sela (Director), 2017
Documentary film (46 minutes)
Director: Rona Sela
A Q&A with Rona Sela will follow the screening
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Meeting ID: 832 2499 1773
Return of Palestinian Archives
The film ‘Looted and Hidden’ deals with Palestinian archives that were looted or seized by Israel or Jewish forces during the 20th century and are controlled and buried in Israeli military archives.
Based on a lengthy struggle to get access to classified materials, archival footage and images that were considered lost and interviews with key figures active in the archives and with soldiers that seized Palestinian archives, the film focuses on the treasures Israel looted in Beirut in the 1980s.
The film unravels the fate of Palestinian archives, especially film and visual archives, that documented the Palestinian Revolution from late 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s, but also deals with photography archives that were looted since the 1930s.
It raises questions about archival institutions in colonial countries and zones of conflict, and points to the need to dig into the hidden in order to reveal what has been erased or rewritten.
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