Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Release Date - Oct 31, 1997 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Palestine  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Deceptively simple and executed with a documentary feel, this drama represents a highly personal journey home for ex-patriot Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman. The film is divided into two sections. The first documents the paradoxical but sleepy existence in the Arab part of Nazareth. The second part takes a more political view of the city and in it, Suleiman takes a more active role. He has come to his former home in search of inspiration, but what he sees are many disturbing images of Arab people trapped in a cultural identity crisis, a point best illustrated by the plight of a young Arab woman who wants more independence than traditionally allowed in her part of town but cannot find it because of prejudiced residents on the Jewish side.

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cross-cultural-relations, cultural-revolution, independence, prejudice