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Films for Palestine: "R21 aka Restoring Solidarity" (2022)

When: Thursday, February 8, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Hitchcock Cinema, Arts One, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS


An internal screening and discussion for QM staff and students, hosted by Centre for Film and Ethics


"R21" comes as an addition to and a reflection on a collection of 20 16mm films, safeguarded in Tokyo by the Japanese solidarity movement with Palestine. It’s an undelivered solidarity letter written by a Japanese activist that was lost on its way to a Palestinian filmmaker. Fragments of the letter are found throughout the collection and compiled into an imagined structure that reveals itself during the film.

"R21 aka Restoring Solidarity" acts as a catalog, the film as a time machine, the film as an archive. The themes that Reel no. 21 deals with, reveal themselves in the form of a montage essay. At the same time, the act of restoring these films brings out motives, aspirations, and the disappearance of a generation and its struggles, not only in Japan, but around the world.

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Centre for Film and Ethics and IHSS Fellows Dr Yasmin Fedda and Dr Daniel Mann

The organisers will be collecting donations for Ghassan Abu Sittah Children’s Fund.

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