'The Day Was a Scorcher' & 'Port of Memory' [Documentary in Bloom]
Livia Bloom's series 'Documentary in Bloom' this month features Ken Jacobs' short film 'The Day was a Scorcher'& Kamal Aljafari's feature length 'Port of Memory'.
***Director Kamal Aljafari will be available for a post screening Q&A on Friday, February 18th and Saturday, February 19th***
The Day Was a Scorcher
Dir. Ken Jacobs, 2009, 8min.
In this remarkable stroboscopic work, New York City avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs takes a dynamic approach to the notion of documentary. The director animates photographs of his wife and children taken on a trip to Rome in the 1970s, re-visiting and re-living the past in a distinctly modern way.
Port of Memory
Dir. Kamal Aljafari, 2009, 71min.
In this art world hit, director turns his camera inward: On his Palestinian family and the details of their lives in Israel; on Jaffa and Ramle, the cities of his youth; and on the decaying architecture that is the silent battleground for Israeli and Palestinian social and cultural conflict and the site of his childhood. Aljafari begins his exploration in Ramle with a lyrical split-screen study of the bare structural bones of innumerable terraces and porticos that once overlooked the city in Balconies, a prologue to Port of Memory. He then moves across Jaffa in the midst of gentrification, studying the faces of his family as they brace themselves in the face of the harrowing specter of losing their family home. Aljafari deftly integrates fictional cinematic techniques reminiscent of Antonioni and Bresson into vivid, emotional, and contemporary documentary.
ABOUT THE SERIES: Film curator Livia Bloom's series "Documentary in Bloom" is a monthly and bi-monthly program highlighting challenging, controversial, and though-provoking new documentary films of outstanding artistic merit. The series offers a unique opportunity for audience members to discuss the films with each other and with the films' creators in a community setting.
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