Kamal Aljafari is a Palestinian filmmaker. He attended the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and now lives in Berlin. He has taught filmmaking at The New School (New York) and at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (Berlin). He was also a Film Study Center Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. In 2021, Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival in Brazil devoted its Focus Section to his work. Most recent work, Paradiso, XXXI, 108, premiered at Corti d’Autore, in Locarno Film Festival 2022. He is currently completing A Fidai Film and preparing a fiction film to be shot in Jaffa.
The Camera of the Dispossessed: A Fidai Film
In the summer of 1982, the Israeli army invaded Beirut. During this time it raided the Palestinian Research Center and looted its entire archive. The archive contained historical documents of Palestine, including a collection of still and moving images. Taking this as a premise, A Fidai Film explores the visual memory of
this looting and appropriates images now in the hands of Israeli archives.