ANSO096 | Autumn | 6 ECTS

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

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. Three main selections of films produced over a time span of 25 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). Finally, a third selection of movies will cover the period from 2005 to 2015. Interestingly, the Israeli and Palestinian cinematic narratives related to these three periods show important aspects of convergence and complementarity in addressing peace and conflict dynamics in both societies.