Join us for the first film of a series of six films about Palestinian
refugees, as part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the
Chronicles of the Refugee is a 6-part documentary film series looking
at The global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years.
Starting with 'al-Nakba' (catastrophe) in 1948 (part I) and continuing
through repeated community and individual expulsions (part II) and
enduring discrimination by virtue of being Palestinian (part III), the
first three episodes are more historical and informative, presenting an
almost comprehensive review of 60 years of dispossession. The last
three parts tackle many issues facing Palestinian refugees, and are
meant to open up debate on taboo and contentious issues. Part IV deals
with identity formation and the impact of being in diaspora. Part V
looks at strategies for the Right of Return and who is doing what to
achieve realization of this right. Part VI focuses on issues of
leadership and representation, from the perspective of what kind of
representation have Palestinians had over time and what do they want
Filmed in over 15 countries, with more than 250 interviews of
Palestinian refugees who have lived in over 25 countries, this is the
first documentary Film to look at the global Palestinian refugee
experience over the last 60 years. The film presents Palestinian
refugees who were displaced in 1948 and their descendants, and includes
the wide range of age, socio-economic status, education level, etc.
Chronicles of the Refugee is an independently produced film made by
Adam Shapiro, Perla Issa and Aseel Mansour, with a musical score by
Tarik "Excentrik" Kazaleh. Funding for the project was made possible
through individual contributions and the film is in no way associated
with any organization, political party, faction or otherwise.
Film is in Arabic and English with subtitles.
Part I: "Nakba Dailies"
Part II: "Daily Nakbas"
Part III: "Homeland Without ID (papers)"
Part IV: "Identity Without a Homeland"
Part V: "Talk About Return"
Part VI: "Return of the Talk"
Adam Shapiro is co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement,
has previously made the documentaries About Baghdad (05), Darfur
(06), Becoming Nadya (07) and Nowhere to Flee (07).
Perla Issa is a Palestinian from Lebanon, who recently produced a short
documentary on Nahr Al-Bared (07). She also worked with Shapiro on the
documentary Nowhere to Flee (07) and was part of the team that produced
the documentary series, Arabs and Terrorism (07).
Assel Mansour is an indpependant Palestinian filmmaker from Jordan. His
Filmography includes: Little Feet (06); Nightmares of Reality, (03)
co-director; and Alert Guns (04).
About the Presenting Organizations:
3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local
filmmakers and experimental djs showcases the works of independent
filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and
electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian
filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only
increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers
and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.
Alwan for the Arts serves the Arab community and educates the broader
public by showcasing a range cultural events; thereby enriching the
cross-cultural and artistic encounter. Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts
has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the
Arab countries in New York City. It organized film festivals and
screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures and
conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and
language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a center
in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its diverse
Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East is a grassroots
strategic alliance of concerned organizations and individuals in New
York, formed to demand an immediate, unconditional, and permanent end
U.S. and U.S.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East. In
response to the continuing injustices committed by the U.S. and Israel,
which constitute gross violations of international law, Adalah-NY
with the people of the Middle East in their demands for justice,
equality, democracy, and respect for human rights.