A Dead-End: Roadblock Movies

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:
A Dead-End: Roadblock Movies

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The 1990s were marked by the effects of the First Intifada and the economic recession that succeeded it, the wake of the Gulf War, and the continuing closure that was enforced on Palestinian residents, as also by the Second Intifada and the Israeli invasion of West Bank cities. From that decade on, the more the social, political, and economic situation deteriorated, and the chaos and destruction increased, the more Palestinian cinema was recruited in favour of the national struggle that called for unity. As a result, Palestinian filmmakers found it complicated to maintain the heterogeneous “third” space and the complex historical time that both expresses the trauma and copes with it. The chapter describes the difficulties facing these filmmakers, among them: Subhi a-Zubeidi, Azza al-Hassan, Tawfik Abu Wa'el, Muhammad Bakri, Hani Abu-Assad, Liana Badr, Azza alHassan, Ahmad Habash.

Keywords: Intifada; Gulf War; closure in Palestinian areas; national Palestinias struggle; historical time; Muhammad Bakri; Tawfik Abu Wa'el

Chapter.  19230 words. 

Subjects: Film

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