R 21 aka Restoring Solidarity
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Mohanad Yaqubi. Palestine/Belgium/Qatar. 2022, 70 mins. In Japanese and Arabic with English subtitles. While traveling around the world to present his previous film, Off Frame, an all-archival exhumation of Palestinian revolutionary cinema, Yaqubi met someone who claimed to have a voluminous collection of pro-Palestinian work . . . in Japan. Using that footage, R 21 aka Restoring Solidarity offers a fascinating, eclectic, and inspiring survey of cross-continental solidarity. Some are imported, dubbed, and re-edited films from Palestine, others are Japanese-made documents, replete with location interviews with PLO leaders and frontline reporting, made for leftists agitating for upheaval in their own country. Yaqubi maintains every layer of overdubbing and subtitling, letting the transferals, transmutations, and identifications leave marks on the record, like fossil impressions on the celluloid. Sporadically, a contemporary voice weighs in on the soundtrack—a call for, and a reclamation of, collective resistance. New York premiere
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.
About the Filmmaker:
Mohanad Yaqubi is a Palestinian filmmaker, producer, and one of the founders of the Ramallah-based production house Idioms Film. Yaqubi also is one of the founders of the research and curatorial collective Subversive Films, which focuses on militant film practices, and a founding member of the Palestine Film Institute. His film No Exit (2015, written with Omar Kheiry) premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival. His feature Off Frame aka Revolution Until Victory (2016), screened at TIFF, Berlinale, cinema du reel, Dubai IFF, and other festivals worldwide. Since 2017, he has been a resident researcher at the School of the Art (KASK) in Gent, Belgium.