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Naira Antoun and Mohanad Yaqubi


Yaffa is not an Orange: The Limits of Archetypes

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Salt of this Sea [Milh Hadha al-Bahr]. Written and directed by Annemarie Jacir. Palestine/Belgium/France/Spain/Switzerland, 2008. Salt of this Sea (Milh Hadha al-Bahr), released in 2008, is Annemarie Jacir’s first feature film, and her second work to debut at the Cannes Film Festival. An epic work, the concerns of Salt of this Sea are also the concerns of Palestinians across the globe; the film constitutes a sustained cinematic critique of Oslo and the Palestinian ...

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Naira Antoun and Mohanad Yaqubi


Naira Antoun is a freelance writer and youth worker who works in both formal and informal educational settings. She recently wrote her MA thesis on the framing of the Egyptian uprising as a youth uprising. Naira is a reviews editor for Arab Studies Journal and for the past few years has been one of the organizers of the annual Palestine Society conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker and one of the founders of Idioms Film, a filmmakers' collective based in Ramallah. He graduated from Birzeit University with a degree in mechanical engineering (2004) and from Goldsmiths College, London, with a Masters in Feature Film in 2009. He has directed several short fiction and documentary films. His work deals with the realities of boredom and emptiness expressed through people's relationships and their interaction with space. His work stands between video art, documentary, and fiction, creating a visual narrative that is not entirely abstract. He is currently working on his first feature film about the history of militant cinema from a Palestinian perspective.