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Palestine / France, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Elia Suleiman Short Films)

Director: Elia Suleiman

Elia Suleiman Short Films


Introduction to the End of an Argument (1990, 45mins)This highly kinetic tableau of uprooted sights and sounds works earnestly to expose the racial biases concealed in familiar images. Relying on valuable snippets from feature films such as Exodus, Lawrence of Arabia, Black Sunday and Little Drummer Girl, and network news shows, the film constructeds an oddly wry narrative, mimicking the history of Middle East politics.

Homage by Assassination (1992, 28mins) E.S is a Palestinian who is writing a film script in New York during the Gulf War, growing increasingly disconnected as he shuts himself off from the exterior world. In a claustrophobic environment, E.S attempts to capture, define and take control of his fractured reality.

Cyber Palestine (2000, 16mins) A transposition of the traditional story of the journey of Joseph and Mary, heavy with child, as they head for Bethlehem. Set in contemporary Palestine, Suleiman's provocative images of the intifada and life under occupation make it a powerful metaphor of displacement.

The Arab Dream (1998, 30mins) Filmed in Jerusalem, Nazareth and Ramallah, The Arab Dream tells of a filmmaker meditating on his struggle to safeguard an aesthetic vision in a place where hope is diminishing.

L Arabic, English, Hebrew w/English subtitles TD Video/Col/119mins

See also...


Collecting both the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI awards at Cannes this year, Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention offers a singular view of Palestinian communities fraying at the edges - conveyed with a ... More »


Chronicle of a Disappearance (Segell Ikhtifà) Palestine/FranceElia Suleiman's first feature, made in 1997, is a wry and ironic assertion that the Arab population of Israel is losing its national ... More »


Divine Intervention (Yadon Ilaheyya) Palestine/France'always imaginative, often arresting' Divine Intervention is a movie of memorable moments.' -VarietyCollecting both the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI ... More »

Homage by Assassination

The filmmaker in his apartment in New York awaits news of his family in Nazareth during the Persian Gulf War. Television reports the missile attacks from Iraq are landing in Israel. The filmmaker's ... More »

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