“Not-Yet” an Industry: The Temporalities of Contemporary Palestinian Cinema

  • Viviane SaglierEmail author
Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)


This chapter analyzes post-Oslo Palestinian cinema as an economic and industrial project based in Palestine. It considers Palestinian cinema through its infrastructures and as a specific mode of social formation unfolding at the intersection of settler colonialism and a series of broader global economic processes. The focus is on the temporalities produced by the political economies in which attempts at Palestinian film institutionalization are embedded. More specifically, the temporality of the “not-yet” articulates two coexisting understandings of Palestinian film industrial futures. On the one hand, the discourse of “underdevelopment” materially structures global economies and Palestinian workers’ understanding of their own practice; on the other, this temporality asks us to take seriously the “now” of industrial formation itself as well as Palestinian strategies of “figuring out” how economic forms come to acquire the status of industry.


Development Film festivals Film industry Not-yet Palestine Temporality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada

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