United States of Palestine-Israel: Here and Elsewhere

Film Screening and Conversations Sat 10 Sep 2011 11.00AM-1.00PM The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
Free admission
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With a title lifted from the Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miévilles film Here and Elsewhere (Ici et Ailleurs, 1976), this day of screenings presents contemporary and historical, documentary and fictional films to suggest correspondences in the contested land of Palestine/Israel. Curated by 2011-2013 Vera List Center Fellow Joshua Simon, the program proposes to view the conflict through the prism of affinities rather than belonging and addition rather than opposition, and does so in a mixed program of film screenings and conversations. It is presented as one of two programs to accompany the publication of United States of Palestine-Israel (in the Solution series by Sternberg Press, 2011), a book of speculative scenarios for the region, edited by Simon.

Reaching beyond geographical borders and instead focusing on the word and image, the films present fictional stories about run-down places in Jaffa (Copti and Boukhary); speculation on the future Jewish-Arab State (Rose and Atia); visions of Israel in Uganda, proposed by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Uganda was considered for Jewish settlement); the landscapes of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea so familiar to both Palestinians and Israelis (Struggle in Jerash); and, finally, Godard's reading of the history of this place through cinema, and a reading of cinema and history through this place (Ici et Ailleurs and Notre Musique).
    • United States of Palestine-Israel: Here And Elsewhere. Welcoming Remarks
    • United States of Palestine-Israel: Here And Elsewhere. Conversation I
    • United States of Palestine-Israel: Here And Elsewhere. Conversation II
Program Schedule
Screening I

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Excerpts from:
Local Angel, Udi Aloni, dir. (Israel, 2002, 70 minutes)
The Jewish-Arab State, Yossi Atia and Itamar Rose, dir. (Israel, 2007, 4:30 minutes)
Notre Musique, Jean-Luc Godard, dir. (Switzerland & France, 2004, 80 minutes)

12:30–1:00 p.m.

Screening II
Here And Elsewhere

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Ici et Ailleurs, Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, dir. (France, 1976, 53 minutes)

Conversation I
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Sam Ishii-Gonzales and Joshua Simon

Screening III
The Uganda Proposal

3:00–4:30 p.m.
General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait, Barbet Schroeder, dir. (France & Switzerland, 1974, 90 minutes)

Conversation II
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Udi Aloni, Reem Fadda, and Joshua Simon

Screening IV

5:30–7:00 p.m.
Struggle in Jerash, Eileen Simpson and Ben White, dir. (Jordan, 2009, 63 minutes)
The Truth, Scandar Copti and Rabih Boukhary, 2003 (Israel, 2003,15 minutes)

Presented in collaboration with Artis-Contemporary Israeli Art Fund, and in conjunction with The New Museum's Repurposing the Kibbutz, September 17, 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please download a detailed program, including film descriptions.

Udi Aloni, filmmaker, writer, activist, and cinema coach, the Freedom Theatre, Jenin refugee camp, West Bank (via Skype)
Reem Fadda, Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Sam Ishii-Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, The New School for Public Engagement
Joshua Simon, Editor, United States of Palestine-Israel, and 2011-2013 Vera List Center Fellow