V’17: OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 2, 2017

A Magical Substance Flows into Me

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A Magical Substance Flows into Me

Jumana Manna
Palästina/D/GB, 2016
Documentaries, 67min, OmeU

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A Magical Substance Flows into Me

Jumana Manna
Palästina/D/GB, 2016
Documentaries, 67min, OmeU

Actors: 
Adel & Aziza Manna
Eltern
Aharon Amram
Tin
Contributors: 
Darbuka
liron Amram
Vocals
Abdullah wasif Sahen
Neta Elkayam
Hani Shushari
Mandolin
Amit Hai
Rababa
Mousa Al Khamaysi
Saz
Yaniv Ovadia
'Oud
Said Murad
Wisam Murad
Shabbaba Yarghul
Osama Abu ’Ali
Hassan Abu ’Ali
Keyboard
Hussein Abu ’Ali
Screenplay: 
Jumana Manna
Sound: 
Antoine Brochu
Camera: 
Daniel Kedem
Editor: 
Katrin Ebersohn
Jumana Manna

Production: 
Jumana Manna
World Sales: 
Jumana Manna
Format: 
DCP
Color

The film draws on the radio program “oriental Music”, made in 1936/37 for the Palestine Broadcasting service by the German-Jewish ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann. To realise her film, Jumana Manna travelled across Palestine/Israel to meet the groups Lachmann had studied. Her exchanges with Kurdish, Moroccan, and Yemenite Jews, samaritans, members of urban and rural Palestinian communities, Bedouins, and Coptic Christians in their homes and places of work and worship are interspersed with scenes of her parents in her family home in East Jerusalem. The film attempts to disassemble false binaries and challenge the logic of partition and segregation, as well as the colonial discourses underpinning them. Manna seeks, instead, to address the question of Palestine through the lens of 1948 and its consequences, while calling for a multifaceted Palestine, reimagined through the possibilities of sound and listening. (CRG Gallery, new York)

In the presence of Jumana Manna.

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