Subversive Film
Resounding Archives


Since 2009, Subversive Film recorded conversations and interviews with filmmakers, archivists, freedom fighters and activists about their work and participation in the liberation struggle for Palestine during the 1968-82 period. The interviews, conducted in cafes, offices, homes and work studios, recount a history of the formation of a collective narrative and memory of colonised people through cinema and its political, ideological and logistical conditions that surrounded it.

In a blunt gesture Resounding Archives assumes the format of documentation, (archival formation even), by (re)listening to conversations that remember and reflect on political film practices, a cinematic film production about and within the Palestiniain struggle, and the vast global solidarity network within which such practices operated.

The selection of interviews presented here tries to draw an image, through stories and sounds, of a film practice within a revolution, voices are coming from Nils Vest, Monica Maurer, Khadija Habashneh, Serge Le Péron, Masao Adachi, Alain Bernstein, Ivan Strasburg, Issam Nassar, Akram Zaatari, Lokman Slim and Sten Walegren

Taking the form of a podcast series, a new interview will be released every Tuesday starting March 2nd through April on the website of KIOSK (Ghent), and broadcasted on Radio Alhara at 14:00 Bethlehem Time. The series will culminate in a publication of these interviews.

Resounding Archives is part of Subversive Film’s ongoing interference in KIOSK’s cyber and real space.

In light of all that is happening in Palestine, Reem Shilleh and Mohanad Yaqubi, the founding members of Subversive Film together with KIOSK, have decided to replace the public discussion about their project Resounding Archives with a gathering to talk about and reflect on the present situation in Palestine.

Be welcome at the entrance of KIOSK, L. Pasteurlaan 2, on May 25th, 2021 at 5PM.

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Still from "Palestine-Denmark, Same Struggle" by Nils Vest made in 1972, courtesy of Nils Vest.

Nils Vest:

Still from Monica Maurer's "Fifth War”, 1977.

Monica Maurer:

Image: still from the film "With Soul With Blood", by Mustafa Abu Ali/Palestine Film Unit (1971), courtesy of Khadijeh Habashneh.

Khadija Habashneh:

Film poster for "L'Olivier" (Groupe Cinéma Vincennes, 1976), courtesy of Lucas Catherine poster collection. Poster art by عبد العطي أبو زيد / Abdelmoaty Abu Zaid.

Serge Le Péron:

Still from “Red Army/PFLP: Declaration of World War” by Masao Adachi and Kôji Wakamatsu (1971).

Masao Adachi:

At the London Film School. Looking at student inventory, class of 1966.

Alain Bernstein & Ivan Strasburg:

Screenshot from filmed interview with Issam Nassar in Ramallah in 2013 as he holds up a print of the photograph taken by Myrtle Winter-Chaumeny in 1952 at the Naher alBared refugee camp in Lebanon and is part of the UNRWA collection.

Issam Nassar & Akram Zaatari:

Scan of a letter from the Palestinian Cinema Institute to the Baalbeck Studio dating to 1976, courtesy of UMAM Documentation and Research.

Lokman Slim and Sten Walegren: