Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere

II. Revolution and Civil War (Here)

The films in this program give us glimpses of how Arab-world countries after 1967 participated in struggles for a better future and for a less unequal international world system, be it in the form of Pan-Arab nationalism, socialist revolutions, or anti-occupation struggles. These struggles were opposed to and attacked by Western powers, and eventually thwarted by the defeat of Palestinians in Jordan, civil war in Lebanon, among other ramifications. The struggles differed from country to country, but here, unlike elsewhere in the world, women fought on several fronts: in the bedroom, in the office, under civil war, against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, through filmmaking.

Selma Baccar, Fatma 75, 1976, 61 minutes
Khadijeh Habashneh, Children Without Childhood, 1979-1980, 21 minutes
Jocelyne Saab, Children of War, 1976, 10 minutes

Revolution and Civil War (Here) is the second of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz on e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions on February 2 and 15.

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Film, War & Conflict, Feminism
Documentary, Video Art, Lebanon, Palestine, Middle East, Revolution
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Irmgard Emmelhainz is an independent translator, writer, researcher, and lecturer based in Mexico City. Her book Jean-Luc Godard’s Political Filmmaking was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. The translated expanded version of The Tyranny of Common Sense: Mexico’s Neoliberal Conversion is coming out this fall with SUNY Press, and so is Toxic Loves, Impossible Futures: Feminist Lives as Resistance (Vanderbilt). She is a member of the SNCA in Mexico (National System for Arts Creators).


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