“The Arab governments pushed us out of our homes… I was twelve years old… I’ve been here for 60 years.” A beautiful, poignant documentary, Still Life examines the effects a collection of personal photos showing life in Palestine before the 1948 displacement have on an elderly Palestinian fisherman living in exile in Lebanon. It is a moving meditation on the role memory and photographs play in the lives of those in exile from their homes.
Diana Allan is an associate professor of anthropology at McGill University and a Canada Research Chair in the Anthropology of Living Archives. She is the author of Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (2014) and editor of Voices of the Nakba: A Living History of Palestine (2021). She is the co-founder of the Nakba Archive and co-directs the Critical Media Lab at McGill. Her films include Still Life (2007), Terrace of the Sea (2010), and So Dear, So Lovely (2018).
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