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Nomadic Archives & Narratives of Nation:

In Search of lost/destroyed Narratives

A conversation between Shirin Assa and Sapir Hubermann



The "Palestinian Film Unit" (PFU) was a collective of filmmakers and researchers founded in the 1960s, who engaged in the production of films and documentaries within the framework of the “Third Cinema movement" (in Spanish: Tercer Cine). During the Lebanese Civil War in 1982, the PFU archive was bombed, and most of the archival materials were destroyed. Only a few films that were sent to film festivals in Europe and the Arab world survived. In recent decades, one can observe the phenomenon of second-generation Palestinians working with or on the lost materials of the PFU. A conversation between Shirin Assa and Sapir Hubermann, this talk focuses on such films and art productions that relate to the original materials of the PFU and examines the intersections of film aesthetics and decolonization movements, narratives of nations, and in a further step, the entanglements thereof to subject formation and discussions around identity.

Bio Note


Shirin Assa holds PhD position at the department of English studies and Anglophone Literatures at University of Bayreuth. Her PhD project is focused on “intersectional resistance” which deals with the resistance of intersectional identities of MENA women in Diaspora. Shirin is a board member of the research association Future Migration. Network for Cultural Diversity and cospokesperson of Gender, Queer, Intersectionality and Diversity network of University of Bayreuth.



Sapir Huberman is a Ph.D. Candidate at the International Ph.D. Program (IPP), Literature and Cultural Studies, Justus Liebig University, Gießen. Her research deals with visual archival

material and narratives which are scattered, lost, looted or displaced. She also holds an M.A in Art Theory and Art is Public Space from Weissensee Art

Academy, Berlin, and works, in parallel to her research, as an independent curator, cultural manager and art mediator in different institutions.  



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