Director: Kamal Aljafari

Germany, 2015, documentary, 70 minutes, N-7

Recollection, the newest feature documentary from Palestinian director Kamal Aljafari, acts as an intertextual archive of a city, transporting its audience to streets, houses and squares that are no more. Kamal Aljafari was a little boy when his native city of Jaffa served as a backdrop for Delta Force (1986), the famed Hollywood blockbuster. Aljafari can be seen amongst the group of little children, waiting to catch a glimpse of Chuck Norris… Years later, after stumbling upon this film while flicking through TV channels, the director realised that this film has preserved his native city – now unrecognisably changed, destroyed, renovated and gentrified – as it once was. Having removed all the protagonists from the footage, Aljafari was left with the empty streets of the city. Recollection is a dream of a city that is no more and a future that cannot be returned to, featuring an extraordinary voyage across the memories of Jaffa.

About the director:

Artist and film director Kamal Aljafari was born in 1972 in Ramle, Israel. Combining documentary, fiction and personal reminiscences in his creative practice to examine the notions of identity and memory, Aljafari predominantly looks at the Palestinian communities in his native city of Ramle and Jaffa, which currently belong to Israeli territory. Aljafari‘s films have been shown at Locarno, Torino, Rotterdam and Marseille film festivals. They have also been featured at Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2009 - 2010 he was the Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center. From 2011 to 2013 Aljafari served as the head of the directing program for the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. In 2016 he was a jury member in the Torino Film Festival. Recollection is Aljafari‘s newest documentary feature and it screened at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Section: Ocean for Earthly Survival