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Abu Ammar is Coming

Synopsis
A photograph showing five men: four stare out of a window, one looks at the camera. The light has a soft glow. The stage is a bombed building. All five men wear military clothes. Abu Ammar was the nom de guerre of Yasser Arafat. His party fascinated young members of the Socialist Party in Bangladesh and Arabic newspapers claim that this enigmatic Magnum photograph from 1982 is evidence of the presence of Bengali volunteers fighting alongside Palestinians against Israelis in Lebanon. Filmmaker Naeem Mohaiemen uses this still image as the starting point for his intriguing new short film essay, which is one of the four films that make up THE YOUNG MAN WAS...(NO LONGER A TERRORIST) project (2012-2016), which is an exploration of the history of the international left and the contradictions of nationalism in the 1970s. [6 minutes]
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2016
Subjects
Film studies; History
Keywords
Bangladesh; experimental film & video; Lebanon; Palestine; photography; left-wing politics

Online availability

URI
https://lux.org.uk/whats-on/luxplayer
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Naeem Mohaiemen

Distribution Formats

Type
Film

Sponsor

Name

Independent Cinema Office

Name

Lux

Email
info@lux.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 31412960
Address
Waterlow Park Centre
Dartmouth Park Hill
London
N19 5JF
Notes
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