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. Two main selections of films produced over a time span of 35 five years will be studied: on the one side, those related to the Israeli military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank and the consequences on both Palestinian and Israeli societies. On the other side, those related to the Oslo Peace Process era. For the final edition of this seminar, a special focus will be on terrorism and State terrorism from the 1970s onwards. The narratives related to these two topics keep being central to any negotiation related to a peace plan and to future possible processes of reconciliation.