Subversive Film

Subversive Film is a cinema research and production collective that aims to cast new light upon historic works related to Palestine and the region, to engender support for film preservation, and to investigate archival practices. Their long-term and ongoing projects explore this cine-historic field including digitally reissuing previously overlooked films, curating rare film screening cycles, subtitling rediscovered films, producing publications, and devising other forms of interventions. Formed in 2011, Subversive Film is based between Ramallah and Brussels.

Different Film canisters from the Tokyo Reels collection

Film canisters from the Tokyo Reels collection, Subversive Film, 2018–ongoing, courtesy Subversive Film

Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker, producer, and one of the founders of the Ramallah-based production house Idioms Film. He is also a researcher at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Gent. Reem Shilleh interlaces research, moving image, curatorial, editing, archival, and writing practices to question the infinite formations of memory and collectivity. Both Reem and Mohanad are co-founders of The Kitchen in Brussels.

Over the years their work has been shown and presented at Doc’s Kingdom, Porto (2019); Sharjah Biennial (Offsite: Ramallah, 2017); Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (2017); Forum Expanded – Berlinale, Berlin (2017); Homeworks Festival, Beirut (2013); Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (2012); Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade (2012); and Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film (2011). The films produced through and by Subversive Film have been screened at Toronto International Film Festival; Berlinale; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Carthage Film Festival, Tunis; Museum of the Moving Image, New York; and Viennale, Vienna, among others.

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