Co-Investigator Anandi Ramamurthy delivered the plenary lecture at the Community Cinema Conference organised by Cinema For All (7-9 September). This year the theme of the conference was ‘Ourselves on Screen’. This focus on self-representation fits with the research in the Palestinian Cinema Strand, which focuses on the voice of Palestinian filmmakers in cinematic representations of Palestine. The lecture highlighted the transnational nature of Palestinian cinema as well as some of its central preoccupations: the intersection between the ordinary and the extraordinary; the articulation of historical narratives; the representation of contemporary and historical traumas as well as resistance to colonialism, racism and occupation, highlighting the humour and diverse creative practices that Palestinian filmmakers employ. The response at the conference was enthusiastic with film clubs from across the country exploring possible films for screening. Cinema for All now includes Palestinian films in its list.
Watch her plenary below: