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Archive: Unmade Film


Unmade Film

An audio-visual project about the impossibility of a film on the Deir Yassin massacre, exploring the complex ramifications of the place (2 volumes artist’s book).

22cm x 28cm (softcover)
272 + 164 pages (ill.)


Double Vision (Native Plants)

Double Vision (Native Plants) is a series of hand coloured silver gelatin prints, based on stereoscopic photographs made in Palestine in the early 20th century, before partition. The works gently refer to the two separate, but of course identical, lists of native flora found in Israel / Palestine.


Unmade Film: The Closing Credits

Unmade Film: The Closing Credits is a 16mm film that shows barely anything. Instead of a scroll of names, white dots appear and disappear on black leader, placeholders of the over 400 Palestinian villages depopulated in 1948. They don’t draw a map and reveal nothing but themselves as stand-ins for names, histories and locations at the outer edges of memory and representation.


Unmade Film: The Storyboard

The Storyboard is a series of drawings from a workshop with students from Dar Al-Tifel Al-Arabi in East Jerusalem, which was the orphanage set up by Hind El Husseini for the surviving children from the Deir Yassin.

Students: Inas Hosseini, Shahd Abu Teir, Rula Ashayer, Rahaf Zaghal, Leen Zaghal, Nada Kologhasi, Shireen Abu Ghannam, Hadeer Zalatimo, Razan Yassin, Rawan Yassin, Maysam Zawahreh, Lara Abtah, Nisrin Abu Ghannam, Noor Nusseiba, Razan Abu Teir, Lamar Baidoun, Ruqaia Abu Arafeh, Raneem Qawasmi, Leen Salman, Sineen Ameera, Sadeen Asmar, Zeina Barbar.

Layout: Georg Rutishauser and Sonja Zagermann.


Unmade Film: The Script

The text for this element of the project is taken from psychiatric cases studies from counselling centres in Jerusalem and Ramallah.


Unmade Film: The Score

Based on a concert Score for an Unmade Film about Deir Yassin that took place on 9 April 2013 at Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, collaboration with Tareq Abboushi, Maya Khaldi, Dirar Kalash, Stormtrap, Tala Khoury, Donia Jarrar.


Unmade Film: The Staging

Unmade Film: The Staging evolved out of a collaborative workshop held in Ramallah and Jerusalem and was conceived with Frances Rifkin. The workshop explored forms of theatre developed by Augusto Boal in Brazil in the 1960s under the heading of the ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’. Specifically, the focus was on Image Theatre, a form of theatre that uses images to convey abstract ideas as well as concrete narratives without recourse to language. The resulting tableaux vivants are complex translations of inner and outer realities into embodied images that allow multiple meanings, narratives and interpretations to emerge.

Workshop conceived in collaboration with Frances Rifkin
Workshop collaborators/actors: Ibrahim Alhindi, Fida Ghneim, Hussam Ghosheh, Dirar Kalash, Etienne Lopes, Aisha Majid, Airida Poskute, Diana Prim
Additional cast: Erick Beltran, Martín Soto Climent, Tarek Knorn, Julia Rometti, Tamara Tamini, Tom Nicholson
Additional camera: Issa Freij


Unmade Film: The Voiceover

In April 1948 Deir Yassin was attacked by two Jewish paramilitary groups and over 100 villagers were brutally killed. The massacre of Deir Yassin is considered to be one of the pivotal events that led to the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from many other towns and villages. In 1951 a mental hospital was established on the grounds of Deir Yassin, incorporating the buildings that remained intact after the massacre. Initially treating Holocaust survivors, the psychiatric clinic is today also known for its treatment of and research into the so-called Jerusalem syndrome.

Unmade Film: The Voiceover explores the many implications of this superimposition in the form of an audio-walk through Deir Yassin guided by Mohammad Bakri (Arabic) and Nayef Rashed (English).


Unmade Film: The Reconnaissance

Unmade Film: The Reconnaissance presents extracts from a fictional conversation about a possible future film between Pier Paolo Pasolini, Robert Smithson (spoken by three voices), overheard sometime between 1963 and 1967, somewhere between Palestine and New Jersey. The backdrop of the conversation consists of ‘pastoral’ scenes of ruins in Palestine: Lifta, the only remaining ruin of more than 400 villages that were depopulated in 1948 and a new, unfinished construction near Ramallah.

Voices: Valérie de Dietrich, Vincent Ozanon, Jérôme Robart
Translation: Rula Giacaman (Arabic), Daniela Almansi (French)