Cinema Within Armed Struggle: “Manifesto of the Palestinian Cinema Group” (1972) and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, “The Cinema and the Revolution”

  • Kay Dickinson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema book series (PASTARCI)


This chapter incorporates the “Manifesto of the Palestinian Cinema Group” (1972) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s “The Cinema and the Revolution.” These were written by members of film units attached to the political groups ascending in resistance to the occupation of Palestine. Throughout the early 1970s, the units contributed their praxis to the guerrilla struggle. This chapter examines the means of filmmaking they devised under these specific circumstances and as dynamic extensions of the liberation movements. The various revolutionary ideologies in currency at the time are detailed along with the particular efforts the film units made to engage, involve and respond to the needs of audiences from refugee and militia camps. This chapter comprises a spotlight analysis of They Do Not Exist (Mustafa Abu Ali, 1974).


Palestinian film units Guerrilla struggle Fatah The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Palestinian revolution 


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  • Kay Dickinson
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  1. 1.Mel Hoppenheim School of CinemaConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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