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Without Place, Without Time: the Films of Rashid Masharawi

Nurith Gertz and George Khleifi

in Palestinian Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634071
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671069 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634071.003.0005
Without Place, Without Time: the Films of Rashid Masharawi

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Rashid Masharawi's films do not explore the enchanted past that is restored in Michel Khleifi's films. Nor do they spin – as Khleifi's cinema does – a fantasy of open expanses. Rather, his cinema delineates the refugees' here-and-now daily struggle for survival within a space that has been gradually diminishing, from the time Palestinians were driven out of their native villages and gathered in the refugee camps and up to the period of siege that they endured during the second Intifada. Attempts to burst out to the open spaces of the land, and references to either the country's past or to future plans to return to it are presented in his films in a disruptive, insinuated manner, in a dream sequence or in association with madness. The chapter follows Rashid Masharawi's background and biography and analyses his films.

Keywords: Rashid Masharawi; Palestinian refugees; Intifada

Chapter.  8902 words. 

Subjects: Film

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