Film Premiere: Tel al Zaatar (1977)
In the presence of Emily Jacir and Monica Maurer
Tuesday 10 February 2015 | Al Balad Theater 7:30pm
Second screening: Tel al Zaatar (1977)
Wednesday 11 February 2015 | Al Balad Theater 7:30pm
Darat al Funun together with Al Balad Theater are pleased to invite you to the Arab World premiere of Tel al Zaatar (1977), the first in a series of six film screenings curated by Emily Jacir.
Directed by Mustafa Abu Ali, Pino Adriano and Jean Chamoun, Tel al Zaatar was the only Palestinian and Italian co-production between the Palestinian Cinema Institution and Unitelfilm. The film’s subject is the August 12, 1976 massacre of Palestinians and Lebanese at Tel al Zaatar, a UN-administered refugee camp in northeast Beirut. Tel al Zaatar reconstructs the history of the camp, its destruction and its resistance through the voices of the men, women and children who survived the massacre. They were interviewed and filmed in the weeks directly following the Tel al Zaatar massacre at the end of August 1976, still in the early years of Lebanon’s civil war.
Mustafa and Jean came to Rome to edit the footage for a period of six months in 1977 and brought with them the rushes. Afterwards these outtakes remained in the Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico (AAMOD) warehouse for 36 years, untouched. Since January 2013, Monica Maurer and Emily Jacir have dedicated themselves to salvaging the rushes, restoring and digitizing them, in order to make them available to the public and to safeguard them as part of the Palestinian collective memory. During this project they discovered the original score in Arabic. Previous to this discovery the only version of the film ever seen was the Italian.