like twenty impossiblesAnnemarie Jacir
April 16, 2020, 16:00
Occupied Palestine: A serene landscape now pockmarked by military checkpoints. When a Palestinian film crew decides to avert a closed checkpoint by taking a remote side road, the political landscape unravels, and the passengers are slowly taken apart by the mundane brutality of military occupation. Both a visual poem and a narrative, like twenty impossibleswryly questions artistic responsibility and the politics of filmmaking, while speaking to the fragmentation of a people. The film had its world premiere in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2003, not only making history as the first Palestinian short film in Cannes, but also the first short film from the Arab world at the renowned festival. After Cannes, like twenty impossibles went on to become a National Finalist for the Academy Awards as well as winning Best Film at Palm Springs, Chicago, IFP/New York, Nantucket, and Mannheim-Heidelberg film festivals and screened at the New York Film Festival, Dubai, Locarno, Telluride, Edinburgh, and Karlovy Vary.
Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced over sixteen films. Two of her films have premiered as Official Selections in Cannes, one in Berlin and in Venice, Locarno, and Telluride. All three of her feature films were Palestine's official Oscar entries. With a commitment to teaching, training and hiring locally, Annemarie also curates and mentors, actively promoting independent cinema in the region. Founder of Philistine Films, she collaborates regularly with fellow filmmakers as an editor, screenwriter and producer. In 2018, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and also served on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.
Annemarie is a cofounder of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research. Philistine Films made the film available for us for this special screening.
This event was part of Dar Jacir's online program organized in response to the coronavirus emergency. Foregrounding solidarity and care our program focused on bringing together our family of artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and dancers to lead programs and remain connected while we are physically separated.