Documentary, Director: Michel Khleifi, Belgium/Germany/Palestine 1980, 99 Min., Arab. with En. ST
7.9.2020 | 20:00 | Arsenal
24.9.2020 | 20:30 | City Kino
Fertile Memory, the first Palestinian feature film that was shot on both sides of the „Green Line“ portrays two very different women: Roumia Farah Hatoum, a simple elderly widow living close-by Nazareth, and the young writer and intellectual Sahar Khalifeh in Ramallah, both holding their grounds in complex situations. Roumia holds on tight to her piece of land that Israel expropriated; the single mother Sahar, who holds feminist beliefs, becomes a member of the student movement in Bir Zeit University. In intimate and poetic observations of daily life, work, and discussions on art and politics, Khleifi unfolds a female image of both the resistance against the occupation, and the patriarchal structures in which both women live. Artfully assembled by Tunisian filmmaker Moufida Tlatli, Fertile Memory is considered the initiation work of Palestinian cinema and will be screened in its restored version completed in 2019.