Country: Palestine

THE WHITE ELEPHANT

This film utilizes videos from the 1990’s found on the internet to craft the fractured semiautobiographical narrative of a Palestinian teenager pondering love in the time of the Oslo Accords. Bursting with images, sensations, and perspectives, Harb’s work offers inklings of the First Intifada that vie with references to the Israeli trance music scene and Dana International—the Yemeni-Israeli pop sensation and first trans person to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

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SMILE, AND THE WORLD WILL SMILE BACK

One cold December night, Israeli soldiers come up to the al-Haddad family home in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Hebron and knock on the door. They have come to search the house. Diaa, the teenage son, reaches for the family’s video camera. As the search unfolds, a strange power struggle evolves, pitting gun against camera. The soldiers take Diaa outside and order him to face the wall. They won’t leave until he stops smiling.

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