Day 9 - Focus 1948 La Nakba


Day 9 - Focus 1948 La Nakba

From Beneath The Earth

From Beneath The Earth
In Palestine, music is more than just a creative outlet: it's a social tool that amplifies the voices of marginalized communities to transform the entire narrative of the occupation. Mideast Tunes has partnered with Ramallah-based production company Breathing Stories to produce From Beneath the Earth, a documentary film that showcases the work and artistic perspectives of Palestinian musicians in their own words. Featuring Maysa Daw (DAM), Saaleek, Shadi Zaqtan, Apo & the Apostles, and Rasha Nahas, From Beneath the Earth amplifies voices rising from the underground to express both the personal and the political, and explores the intersections that exist at the heart of music created by Palestinian artists.
Day 9 - Focus 1948 La Nakba

A Magical Substance Flows Into

Manda Jumana
The voice is that of Dr. Robert Lachmann, an enigmatic German-Jewish ethnomusicologist who emigrated to 1930s Palestine. While attempting to establish an archive and department of Oriental Music at the Hebrew University, Lachmann created a radio program for the Palestine Broadcasting Service called “Oriental Music”. Over the course of the film, Jumana Manna—herself a Palestinian from Jerusalem—follows in Lachmann’s footsteps and visits Kurdish, Moroccan and Yemenite Jews, Samaritans, members of urban and rural Palestinian communities, Bedouins and Coptic Christians, as they exist today within the geographic space of historical Palestine. Manna engages them in conversation around their music, while lingering over that music’s history as well as its current, sometimes endangered state.