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Spoken languages: Japanese, Arabic, English

Subtitles in: English



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 includes 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?


The film was screened or exhibited at:


  • documenta fifteen, Cinema Gloria, Kasel (DE) 2022

  • IDFA, Amsterdam, 2022



  • Produced by Subversive Film, Idioms Film

  • Co-produced by Escautville

  • With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Sak A Do, The Kitchen BXL, KASK Ghent, Sharjah Art Foundation, Doha Film Institute, documenta fifteen and Kamel Lazaar Foundation


  • Written & Directed: Mohanad Yaqubi

  • Cinematography: Casey Asprooth-Jackson

  • Editing: Rami El Nihawi

  • Sound design: Raf Enckels

  • Screenplay: Lisa Spillieart, Rami El Nihawi, Mohanad Yaqubi

  • Narrator: Lisa Spilliaert

  • World Sales: Escautville

  • Screening copy: Idioms Film

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