If houses and streets, neighbourhoods and cities could tell us their stories, what would these be? The present dominates our sense of space, but the past is always enduring under the surface, even when it has been socially, politically and economically concealed.
Jerusalem, We Are Here is an interactive documentary that digitally brings Palestinians back into the Jerusalem neighbourhoods from which they were expelled in 1948. Focusing primarily on the neighbourhood of Katamon, Palestinian participants probed their families’ past and engaged with the painful present.
As the generation of Palestinians who survived the Nakba (the 1948 catastrophe) is ageing and passing on, there is an urgent need to collect their stories and knowledge and remap the space that has been declared entirely Israeli. When people flee war, they rarely take with them their photo albums or documents or the art off the walls. In Remapping Katamon, the map side of Jerusalem, We Are Here, we will continue to organically and communally remap the neighbourhood, house by house.
Prof. Dorit Naaman is a documentarist and film theorist born and raised in Jerusalem. She teaches film and media at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and splits her time between Canada and Jerusalem. Dorit developed a format of short personal documentaries, which she called DiaDocuMEntaRy. She has published on Israeli and to a lesser extent Palestinian cinema, focussing on gender, nationalism and militarism. She initiated Jerusalem, We Are Here as a collaborative platform that can map and tell the stories of a Jerusalem that is no longer visible.
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