Walled Cities 5: Divine Intervention + Discussion

6:00 PM 30th May 2023 Queen's Film Theatre

Cinema and Architecture in the City & Queen's Film Theatre present a screening of the 2002 Palestinian satire Divine Intervention, followed by a panel discussion, as part of the 5th edition of Walled Cities.

Screening as part of Walled Cities 5, Divine Intervention is a black comedy narrating a day in the life of a Palestinian cut off from his girlfriend who lives several checkpoints away behind the Israeli West Bank wall.

In Nazareth, under a guise of banal normalcy, the town embraces folly as a Palestinian man (director Elia Suleiman) living in Jerusalem attempts to keep alive his relationship with a Palestinian woman (Manal Khader) from Ramallah.

When, because of the tense political situation, the woman's freedom of movement ends at the Israeli army checkpoint between the two cities, the lovers arrange intimate clandestine encounters on a deserted lot right beside the checkpoint. What follows is a Jacques Tati-esque tale of love, pain and humour at an artificial barrier.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk, senior lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University, with guests with guests Prof François Penz, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, and Dr Drew Mikhael, Queen's Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict (tbc).

This event is part of CACity presents: Walled Cities 5, a short film season exploring political conflict in divided communities and walled cities around the world. Presented by CACity (Cinema and Architecture in the City) Research Group (www.cacity.org) in collaboration with Queen's University Engaged Research Seed Fund and Nerve Centre in Derry/Londonderry.

Walled Cities also includes the ‘buildingPEACE’ Exhibition of the Cinematic Architecture Studio in the QFT foyer. Find out more here.

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