Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Director(s): Mohanad Yaqubi
Film Details: 62 minutes, 2016
Co-presentation with the Boston Palestine Film Festival
Director Mohanad Yaqubi invited to attend – Learn more in this Filmmaker Interview
About the Film: Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory is a meditation on the Palestinian people’s struggle to produce an image and self-representation on their own terms in the 1960s and 1970s, with the establishment of the Palestine Film Unit as part of the PLO. At that time, the Palestinian revolution collaborated with filmmakers, actors, and activists from Syria, Italy, UK, Lebanon, France, Germany, Argentina, and many others, and made partnerships with institutions in Berlin, Moscow, Baghdad, and Cuba. Despite their prolific output, few of their works remain (many of them having been seized by Israel).
Yet there is much to learn from revisiting this era and piecing together the narrative of Palestinian militant cinema. Off Frame aims to fill this gap in the collective memory. Unearthing films stored in archives across the world after an unprecedented search, the film begins with popular representations of modern Palestine and traces the works of militant filmmakers in reclaiming image and narrative through revolutionary and militant cinema. In resurrecting a forgotten memory of struggle, Off Frame reanimates what is within the frame, but also weaves a critical reflection by looking for what is outside it, or what is off frame.
About the Filmmaker: Mohanad Yaqubi, born in 1981 in Kuwait, is a filmmaker and producer and teaches Film Studies at the International Art Academy in Palestine. He is one of the founders of the Ramallah-based production outfit Idioms Film and the research and curatorial collective Subversive Film, which focuses on militant film practices. He has directed and produced several short films, both fiction and documentary, which have been shown in international festivals.
Screens with: Looted and Hidden – Palestinian Archives in Israel (Rona Sela, 2017, 45 minutes)