Missing Archive, missing narrative? Where is the archive of Palestine, and who owns it? How did the missing archive create a void in the Palestinian narrative and what did the Palestinians do to compensate this? In her films, Mahasen Nasser Eldin Films does not only search for the archive but connects it to the present in an attempt to contribute to restoring the Palestinian memory and narrative.
“Civilizations that write history are often remembered by the cultural heritage they leave for future generations. Therefore, the preservation of audio-visual heritage should be considered a national duty. Whoever controls archives and cultural collections decisively influences the writing of history – a principle that has been in evidence since antiquity.” Dr. Bashar Shammout, scholar on Palestinian archives
The films can be viewed on Vimeo from Friday December 11, 5pm Berlin time (6pm Jerusalem time) until Sunday December 13, 12 am Berlin time (11pm Jerusalem time).
The link to the films on Vimeo can be found on the [zait wa: zaʕtar] website from Friday December 11, 5pm Berlin time (6pm Jerusalem time) and also via the [zait wa: zaʕtar] Facebook page event Two Films by Mahasen Nasser-Eldin.
This conversation is hosted by Nahed Awwad.