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PURCHASE THE DVD
Institutional use, like universities, the DVD price is Euro 250. Individual use – Euro 38.
The Great Book Robbery (57 minute) documentary is in English & Hebrew with English subtitles. And is also available with Arabic or Hebrew sutitles.
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BOOK A SCREENING
If you are interested in hosting a screening please fill the form below.
Hosting a screening will entail an honorarium, provision of travel fare and accommodation for the director, as well as logistical arrangements for the venue of the screening.
The director’s suggested honorarium is ranges from $1000.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration, we hope to get a chance to screen the documentary to your audience.
The Great Book Robbery trailer is here: http://vimeo.com/6303260
Dayana Khatib & Karina Goulordova
National Tour Directors
The film interweaves various story lines in a structure that is dramatically compelling and emotionally unsettling. For example, we reveal, gradually, the mechanism behind this state sponsored looting – how it was done practically. Interwoven into this story line are the eyewitness accounts and culture critiques that place the plunder affair in a larger historical-cultural context. Another story line is the justifications, produced internally by the National Library’s management, for the “collection” of the books – “we carried out a cultural salvage operation”.
Among the participants: Palestinian author and editor Mohammed Batrawi; Palestinian-Israeli author and scriptwriter Ala Hlehel; Aziz Shehadeh, a Palestinian-Israeli lawyer from Nazareth, and former Israeli librarian Uri Palit, both indexed the “collected” books in the early 1960s. We also interviewed Nasser Eddin Nashashibi, who witnessed the looting of his uncle’s (Is’aaf Nashashibi) priceless library. The Nashashibis trace their presence in Palestine to the 13th century. In 1948 Nasser was in his early 20s. His own books were looted too, among them Makramiyat which he received from its Egyptian author in 1945 with a personal inscription. We found the book in the National Library; the handwritten inscription fitted to the last comma Nashashibi’s recollection of it.
Israel has constructed a moralistic and heroic narrative of the 1948 war. One of the film’s aims is to deconstruct this imperial history. In this context we interviewed noted Israeli historian Ilan Pappe. Other participants are Palestinian author Ghada Karmi; Israeli curator Rona Sela; and Palestinian-Israeli social-historian Mahmoud Yazbak.
Ultimately, the film’s purpose is to prevent this story from fading into oblivion by passing it on to future generations.
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THIS WEBSITE IS THE FOCAL POINT OF A MULTI-PRONGED EFFORT TO:
- Build a virtual library for the 70.000 “collected” books.
- Find the books’ legal heirs.
- Mobilise legal action.
- Podcast “collected” literature and poetry.
- Raise funds for documentation and outreach programmes; especially for turning this website into a genuine interactive site with a database streaming video, audio, and much more.
- Organise exhibitions and art installations around the looted books; reprint some of them as an act of cultural renewal.
The website will become an interactive repository, allowing visitors to upload and rearrange information to it according to their needs. People will be able to create narratives of this event according to date, location, specific family library or any other criteria they choose.
This is a major undertaking that in time will evolve into more than just online activity. We imagine collaboration among academics, researchers, and grass roots groups with the aim of documenting and reviving Palestinian culture before 1948.
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