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21st Arab Film Festival

Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

Directed by Mohanad Yaqubi

France, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar / 2016 / 62 mins / Arabic, English, French, Italian / B&W, Color

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Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

Roxie Theatre
October 16, 2017 7:00 pm

Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

Shattuck Cinemas
October 21, 2017 1:00 pm

Description

In his remarkably assured debut documentary, Ramallah-based director Mohanad Yaqubi untangles the fraught history of his homeland, long at the centre of one of the world’s most painful conflicts. With the precision and grace of the best essay films, Yaqubi uses found footage, much of it newly discovered, to trace his country’s quest for self-determination, dignity, and, ultimately, peace. OFF FRAME AKA REVOLUTION UNTIL VICTORY builds off Yaqubi’s discovery of film shot by the Palestine Film Unit, a group founded in the 1960s that saw itself as the cinematic front of the Palestinian movement. He connects their work in this tumultuous historic moment with wider trends, bringing his documentary into dialogue with the larger film world. There are parallels with Third Cinema and social realism, and Yaqubi includes footage of Jean-Luc Godard’s famous visit to Palestine in the 1970s to make HERE AND ELSEWHERE (also borrowing the original title of Godard’s documentary for his own: UNTIL VICTORY). Despite this rear-facing reflection, OFF FRAME isn’t stuck in the past. Yaqubi brings the film full circle with contemporary footage shot in Palestine. The result is an alternate and rarely seen history, framed from Yaqubi’s distinctly Palestinian perspective. On the eve of 2017, a year that marks several painful anniversaries for Palestine, this documentary is all the more urgent. It compels audiences to look beyond easy headlines or stereotypes and to contemplate how the present moment itself has been built out of images of the past. (written by Cameron Bailey) Screened at the 2016 Toronto and Dubai International Film Festivals and Berlinale 2017.


Director's Bio

Filmmaker/producer Mohanad Yaqubi co-founded the Ramallah-based Idioms Film and the research and curatorial collective Subversive Films that focuses on militant film practice.


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Dates & Times

Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

Roxie Theatre
October 16, 2017 7:00 pm

Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

Shattuck Cinemas
October 21, 2017 1:00 pm