Introduction: Shoumik Bhattacharya (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Discussant: Tami Gold (Hunter College/The Graduate Center, CUNY)
About the Film
Since 1956, when he became a refugee from downtown Haifa’s Wadi Alsaleeb neighbourhood, 80-year-old Yousef has lived with his wife Amna, a refugee from Yasoor, in a shack in Roshmia Valley. Life is quiet until the Municipality of Haifa plans to build a road across the valley to connect the Mediterranean to Mount Karmel – which will mean the couple’s shack will be demolished, forcing them to find a new home. Their sponsor, acting as middleman between them and the municipality, attempts to negotiate compensation for them, but this will lead to tension among the three individuals.
About the Director
Salim Abu Jabal was born in the occupied Golan Heights in 1971, and has worked in cinema and television as a production manager and casting director on several Palestinian and international films. He has also worked as a writer, journalist, critic, and producer.
The Global Studies Collective
The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics
The Women of Color Network
STRC (The Space Time Research Collective)
Critical Palestine Studies Association