Picture: Kamal Aljafari
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Kamal Aljafari

Recollection / Film Screening

Part of “Violence of Inscriptions"

A film by Kamal Aljafari (Germany 2015, 70 min.)

The image grows larger and before us a face emerges that was hidden. We see it now, pixeled. But pixels don’t matter as they are not an aesthetic or technical matter, but a political matter. In “Recollection,“ Kamal Aljafari’s latest film, there’s a found footage work. Aljafari turns invisible to visible making disappear what used to be the protagonist. The roles are inverted: hegemonic and subordinates, oppressors and oppressed, masters and servants. What was once in the forefront is erased and only the sets and the passersby are left. Using material from Israeli fiction films shot in Jaffa between the ‘60s and the ‘90s – amongst them those starring Chuck Norris – the director executes a new montage that, as Walter Benjamin proposed, “interrupts” history and retrieves what has been ignored; he brings those images back to the present time, into the light, and launches them into the future. (Maia Gattás Vargas)
“Recollection" trailer
70 minutes
Conception, Direction and Production
Kamal Aljafari
Jacob Kirkegaard
Daniel Franke