Manda Jumana
Palestine, UK, UAE, Germany | 2015 | 68 min | Documentary
Synopsis
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.

Manda Jumana

Manda Jumana

Jumana Manna is a Palestinian artist working primarily with film and sculpture. Her work explores how power is articulated through relationships, often focusing on the body and materiality in relation to narratives of nationalism, and histories of place. Manna received a BFA from the National Academy of Arts in Oslo, and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from California Institute of the Arts. In 2012, she was awarded the A.M. Qattan Foundation Young Palestinian Artist Award.

 

Filmography

Blessed Blessed Oblivion (2010) | The Umpire Whispers (2010) | A Sketch of Manners (2013) | The Goodness Regime (2013)

 

Trailer

21OUFF | A MAGICAL SUBSTANCE FLOWS INTO ME (Jumana Manna) | COMPETICIÓN ÓPERAS PRIMAS

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