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(The Dream)

A classic of Arab documentary cinema.

"Haj: Don’t you see the horses carrying soldiers in the sky?
Woman 1: They landed on earth and transformed to green and brown roosters; they started to fight each other.
Old man: they are fighting each other so as to liberate Palestine.
Woman 2: Like Cain and Abel."

Shot in 1980-81, the film is composed of interviews with different Palestinian refugees including children, women, old people, and militants from the refugee camps of Sabra, Shatila, Bourj el-Barajneh, Ain al-Hilweh and Rashidieh in Lebanon. In the interviews Mohamad Malas questions them about their dreams at night. The dreams always converge on Palestine: a woman recounts her dreams about winning the war; a fedai of bombardment and martyrdom; and one man tells of a dream where he meets and is ignored by Gulf emirs. During filming Malas lived in the camps and conducted interviews with more than 400 people. In 1982 the Sabra and Shatila massacres occurred, taking the lives of several people he interviewed, and he stopped working on the project. He returned to it in 1986 and edited the many hours of footage gathered into this 45 minute film, released in 1987.

Mohamad Malas, Syria 1987, documentary, 44 min, Arabic
Subtitles: English, French, German, Polish
DVD PAL, region free

Palestine, Refugees, Dream, Lebanon, Personal Narrative, Resistance, Every day life

In 1991 Mohamad Malas published his diary of the film's making and including the dreams which are not included in the film under the title "al-Manam. Mufakirat Film" at Dar al-Adab in Beirut. The English translation "The Dream. A Diary of the Film" was released in 2016 by the American University in Cairo Press.

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