Film Screening + Conversation
13th August - 7.30pm
Khaled Jarrar and Hashin Mohamed
Co-curated by Inês Valle
INFILTRATORS (MUTASALILOON), 2012
HD, colour, sound, English subtitles
Duration: 70 minutes
There are no doubts that the continuous measures applied by Israel’s policies to the Palestinian people are a crime and in a complete violation of international law. The Apartheid Wall or Separation Wall, as the Israelis prefer to call, started to be built in the West Bank in 2002 and was justified by “security concerns”. As former Jerusalem’s minister Haim Ramon affirmed in 2005 “first and foremost [the wall is] to prevent them from continuing to murder us” . But the wall’s route extends itself deeply inside the so-called “Green Line”, deep into OPTs, snaking through backyards, towns, and stealing natural resources, while furthermore displacing and segregating communities and families from one another. A wall that is still in construction (against The International Court for Justice orders), keeps being used as an excuse to illegally confiscate Palestinian lands. Once completed, it will have in length more than 700 km, more than double of the “Green Line” , and according to the UN OCHA report, it will trap more than 125,000 Palestinians in twenty-eight communities and enclose 26,000 of eight communities on all the four flanks .
The film Infiltrators (Mutasaliloon) by Khaled Jarrar, unravels adventures of various attempts by individuals and groups during their search for gaps in the Wall in order to permeate and sneak past it. Lookouts, fear, angst, running, permeation, jumping off, crawling, passing through dark passages, are stages of a complex process of passing through to the “other side” and require a very specific state of mind. Some attempts end in failure, and others in success. Some are caught by the Israeli soldiers and others reach their destination. It’s a cat and mouse game, in which failure leads to more persistence and success is an antithesis to cat’s theories of security.
ABOUT THE PANEL OF DISCUSSION
Born in Jenin in 1976, Khaled Jarrar lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. Jarrar completed his education in Interior Design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996 and later graduated from the International Academy of Art Palestine with a Bachelor in Visual Arts degree in 2011. The following year, his documentary The Infiltrators (2012) won several accolades at the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival, and confirmed his importance in global cinema. Over the past decade, Jarrar’s bold projects have earned him international recognition. In 2007, the artist displayed photographs of the Howarra & Qalandia checkpoint in plain sight of Israeli soldiers surveilling the border. Since 2011, his Live and Work in Palestine project has consisted of designing and distributing self-styled Palestinian passport stamps to tourists arriving in the country in order to comment on the experiences of stateless people. The everyday subjects of Jarrar’s reflective work are contextualised in ways that draw attention to the severity of the issues he examines, giving the political content of his art greater significance while underscoring the autobiographical nature of his chosen themes. Other performance projects have been presented abroad such as on the streets of Helsinki, Finland in 2014. The temporary Hunger Wall Jarrar assembled out of loaves of bread symbolised the thin line between prosperity and poverty. With Dis-/Obey, he involved dozens of volunteers in a military march that ultimately placed them in contrast to Jarrar’s voiced orders and an installation of camouflage uniforms. Commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki as part of the Helsinki Festival, Dis-/Obey investigated military power, disobedience, and individual responsibility in conflict zones.
Hashi Mohamed is a barrister at No5 Chambers and a part-time broadcaster at the BBC. Hashi was born in Kenya to Somali parents, raised partly in Kenya but mainly in London. He presents documentaries on BBC Radio 4, most recently on terrorism and how nations react, and also on unaccompanied refugee children and their experiences in Italy. Hashi was called to the Bar in 2010 by The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and practices in public law and human rights related cases, though his main area of focus is Planning & Environmental law. Most recently, Hashi has been appointed as Special Adviser to David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of terror legislation as he undertakes to review the United Kingdom’s anti-terrorism laws.
 McGreal, Chris. Wall makes Jerusalem ‘more Jewish, The Guardian, 2005. Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/jul/12/israel1
 Barrier to Peace: The impact of Israel’s Wall five years after the ICJ ruling, PLO Negotiation Affairs Department Report, 2009. Link: http://www.nad-plo.org
 UN OCHA, The Humanitarian Impact of the Barrier: Update, No. 8, 2008. Link: http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/Barrier_Report_July_2008.pdf
Director Khaled Jarrar,
Producer Sami Shanaah,
Production Company Idioms Film,
Cinematographer Khaled Jarrar, Editor Geaton Harem,
Sound Design Carl Svensson.
Winner Special Jury Prize, Winner FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary at Dubai International Film Festival Muhr Arab Documentary UAE, 2013; Winner Jury Documentary Award at Malmo Arab Film Festival Sweden, 2013; Winner Gold Hugo Award at Chicago Film Festival, 2013; Winner Best Documentary Film Award at Al Ard Doc Film festival Cagliari Italy, 2013