Un film sous-titré en japonais représentant de jeunes palestiniens dans R 21 aka Restoring Solidarity

Militant cinema

Mohanad Yaqubi
2022 - Documentary - 71 min

International cinema

Militant cinema

Generations of Nakba

Palestine, Qatar, Belgium
English, Arabic, Japanese

R 21 AKA Restoring Solidarity


The growing struggle for Palestinian self-determination between 1960 and 1980 was supported by radical left-wing movements worldwide, also in Japan. This is illustrated by a collection of 16mm films by militant filmmakers from various countries, which were dubbed and screened in Japan. Their Japanese audiences felt oppressed by the US after World War II, and not only sympathized but also identified with the Palestinians. Stylistically, the films vary widely. They include interviews with PLO leaders, documentary impressions of life in refugee camps, experimental films, and instructional films for tourism purposes. Mohanad Yaqubi has drawn on this material to create a film that might be seen as a conclusion or epilogue. He shows how two very different peoples can feel connected through images, and also raises questions. Where is the line between support and propaganda? And to what extent can a local struggle be translated internationally?


Co-presented with Regards palestiniens, in collaboration with McGill Refugee Research Group, as part of Generations of Nakba. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Fadi AbuNe’meh (PhD Candidate in Film and Moving Images Studies, Concordia University).

FST - French subtitles
EST - English subtitles

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