Screening the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Competing and Complementary Narratives through Cinematic Representations

Riccardo Bocco

ANSO096 | Spring | 6 ECTS

A consistent body of knowledge about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been produced by several social science disciplines. However, to date, few attempts have been made to combine that knowledge with the narratives produced on the conflict by films, both fictions and documentaries. This seminar will aim at examining, in a socio-political and historical perspective, the role of film directors –Israeli and Palestinian in particular- as artists and social actors in (re)shaping national and local narratives, in supporting or challenging official histories and collective memories. Two main selections of films produced over a time span of 25 five years will be studied: on the one side, those related to the so called ‘Oslo Peace Process’, (1993-2000); on the other side, those related to the Second Intifada (2000-2005). Interestingly, the Israeli and Palestinian cinematic narratives related to these two periods show important aspects of convergence and complementarity in addressing peace and conflict dynamics in both societies.