Deir Yassin Remembered

Directed, written & produced by b.h. Yael, 2006

Film length 28:00 min

English, with Hebrew & Arabic text

Premiered at the Royal Theatre in Toronto

Deir Yassin Remembered, 28 minutes, considers the repercussions of a largely forgotten massacre of almost 100 Palestinians in 1948. The massacre at Deir Yassin was pivotal to Palestinian dispossession. Though Deir Yassin has been partially acknowledged by Israelis, many other massacres of the time have not. The video not only gives an account of what happened at Deir Yassin, but also argues for the need for acknowledgement and commemoration. 

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Deir Yassin Remembered is one of three videos in a series titled Palestine Trilogy that present Palestinian, Israeli and International activists who work together in various groups and projects that attempt to address the historic and contemporary repercussions of Israel’s occupation and colonization of land.  These are but a few of the many activists who work, and who are not often represented in mainstream media images of the conflicts in Israel and Palestine. 

Starting with an acknowledgement by Israelis of the significance of the Nakba (the Palestinian disaster of 1948) Palestine Trilogy focuses on activists who provide a witnessing presence in sites of terror and displacement; they function as oppositional voices in Israel; and they provide small and sometimes only symbolic relief. Mostly they oppose the dominant myths that defend Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and lives. They attest to the unjust reality of displacement, of walls, and of constant surveillance on families and indigenous communities. At the same time, mutual recognition points to the possibilities of a different reality and a hope that the ‘sounds of peace’ may predominate.

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Corporeal Pedagogy and Contemporary Video Art

by Stephanie Springgay

Art Education, Mar. 2008, v. 61, no. 2, pp. 18-24

The author examines the phenomenon of the video essay as a genre which rests somewhere between documentary and video art, as well as its inherent self-reflexivity, which makes it a more social, political and pedagogical medium.

Keywords: memory, narration, visual culture, Palestine.


More writing about this work can be found HERE.