Double Feature: Women and a History of Image Making


Thursday, 14 November 2019 | 19:00-21:00


This special screening, part of the Archiving Palestine programme, presents two films that present the importance of the Palestinian visual record. Both films by and about women, they simultaneously highlight women’s role in the creation of culturally and politically pertinent records.

'Yom Al Ard', dir. Monica Maurer, 2019, 15 min.

Yom Al Ard builds up a portrait about the fragmentation of the land, the experience, and the people of Palestine, showcasing the systematic efforts to disperse, fragment, and destroy the audiovisual memory and collective identity of Palestinians. It is composed of rare footage shot in the Galilee (Nazareth, DeirHanna, and Sakhnin) in celebration of 5th Land Day Anniversary in March 1981 which has recently been restored and digitised.

'Restored Pictures', 22 min. 

We travel in this documentary between Bethlehem, Haifa and Nazareth to explore the life of Karimeh Abbud - the first female photographer in pre-1948 Palestine. Born in Bethlehem in 1893, Karimeh rapidly rose to prominence in a traditionally male-dominated profession after receiving her first camera as a teenager and her photos are vital historical records of life in Palestine in the early 1900s.



This event is co-presented by The Void Project and The London Palestine Film Festival and is a part of The Void Project: The Found Archive of Hani Jawharieh.