Children Without Childhood

Khadijeh Habashneh

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Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere | II. Revolution and Civil War (Here) Children Without Childhood
Khadijeh Habashneh

21 Minutes

Repeat: Wednesday, February 16

Produced by the Palestinian Cinema Institute and the General Union of Palestinian Women, the film revolves around the life of the orphans of Tall Azaatar Martyrs, in Bait El-Somoud, the house which was established for them by the GUPW. Through the lives of these children, the film shows the sufferings that Palestinian children endure in diaspora camps and under the Israeli occupation. The film focuses on the contradiction between the International Declaration of Child Rights and the reality of the living conditions of Palestinian children.

Khadijeh Habashneh’s Children Without Childhood is presented within Revolution and Civil War (Here)​, the second of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, War & Conflict, Human and Civil Rights
Documentary, Palestine, Lebanon, Childhood & Youth, Diaspora, Refugees
Return to II. Revolution and Civil War (Here)

Khadijeh Habashneh (formerly Abu Ali) is a filmmaker, researcher, and consultant. She began working with the Palestine Film Unit as a volunteer, moving on to working full time in 1974 when the film unit evolved into the Palestinian Cinema Institute (PCI). Between 1976 and 1982, she was the Head of the Archive and Cinematheque department at the PCI. She wrote scripts and directed two documentary films including Children Without Childhood, which is also known as Children Nevertheless, and Women from Palestine, which was lost during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. She was a founding member and worked as member of the executive committee of the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) between 1980 and 2009. She was also a founding member and Vice President at the Center for Women Studies in Jordan (1989-1992). Habashneh has worked extensively on women’s issues as well as cinema, having taught and published a number of books and articles in this field. She has coordinated national campaigns for enhancing women’s participation in elections in Jordan (1996) and in Palestine (2002-2005). Habashneh is also a member of the board of Palestinian Woman Research and Documentation Center (PWRDC), and is involved in various human rights and cultural organizations.


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