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Annemarie Jacir

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Territoire palestinien


Elle travaille dans le cinéma depuis 1994 ; Annemarie Jacir a écrit et réalisé plusieurs films primés un peu partout dans le monde. Elle a aussi publié des articles, poèmes et essais.


Palestinian filmmaker and writer Annemarie Jacir has been working in independent cinema since 1994 and has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning films. She was recently named one of Filmmaker magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema. Her short film, like twenty impossibles, the first Palestinian short film to be selected in Competition as an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival (Cinefondation), went on to be a Student Academy Awards Finalist, and has won more than 13 awards at International festivals including Best Film at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Institute Du Monde Arabe Biennale, Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, and IFP/New York. like twenty impossibles was named one of the ten best films of 2003 by Gavin Smith of Film Comment Magazine (Editors Choice) is a fiction film which wryly questions artistic responsibility as a Palestinian film crew navigates various obstacles of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.

Jacir lived in Saudi Arabia until the age of sixteen and then received her formal education in the United States. She has worked as a telephone operator, radio DJ, swimming instructor, furniture mover, production assistant, English tutor, building sets for theater, news camerawoman, union organizer, researcher in a museum, and directing plays. She also worked in the film industry in Los Angeles before attending school in New York to obtain a Masters degree in Film.

She is a recipient of a Jerome Foundation Media Arts grant, a New York State Council on the Arts distribution grant, and is winner of the Kathryn Parlan Screenwriting Award as well as a Zaki Gordan Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. She was the first recipient of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s (ADC) Jack Shaheen Scholarship Award and her short film The Satellite Shooters, which satirically plays with the conventions and racism of the Western film genre, was featured on the PBS program, ColorVision, showcasing up and coming filmmakers.

Jacir co-founded Philistine Films, an independent production company, focusing on productions related to the Arab world and Iran. Jacir shot and produced the documentary Until When, an in-depth portrait of the lives of several families living in the Deheisha refugee camp as well as several other films. She collaborated with Algerian-French filmmaker Nassim Amouache on A Few Crumbs for the Birds, a documentary sketch of the lives of men and women eking out a living in the Jordanian town of Ruwayshed, a small-time oil-smuggling entrepot that’s the last stop on the road to Iraq (Official Selection Venice International Film Festival, Best film Montpellier, Press prize Clermont Ferrand).

Jacir’s poetry and stories have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Mizna, the Crab Orchard Review, and The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology and she has read with poet Amiri Baraka.

She is chief curator and co-founder of the groundbreaking Dreams of a Nation Palestinian cinema project. She has taught courses at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Birzeit University and also works as a freelance editor and cinematographer as well as film curator. Jacir is a board member of Alwan for the Arts, a cultural organization devoted to North African and Middle Eastern art. She has served as a jury member to the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival as well as Cinecolor Award, Argentina. She is a founding member of the Palestinian Filmmakers’ Collective, based in Palestine.

Jacir lives in Palestine and is in development on her first feature length film, « Salt of this Sea« , which follows the story of a working-class, Palestinian-American refugee returning home. « Salt of this Sea » was recently selected for the prestigious Hubert Bals Development Fund as well as the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Utah.

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Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced over sixteen films. One of Filmmaker’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema and Variety’s « Arab New Wave », two of her films have premiered as Official Selections in Cannes, one in Venice and one in Berlin. Her short film « like twenty impossibles » (2003) was the first Arab short film in history to be an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and continued to break ground when it went on to be a finalist for the Academy Awards.

Her second work to debut in Cannes, the critically acclaimed « Salt of this Sea » (2008), went on to win the FIPRESCI Critics Award, and garnered fourteen other international awards including Best Film in Milan. It was the first feature film directed by a Palestinian woman and Palestine’s 2008 Oscar Entry for Foreign Language Film.

Her latest film « When I Saw You » won Best Asian Film at the Berlin Intl. Festival, Best Arab Film in Abu Dhabi and Best Film in Amiens, Phoenix, and Olympia, and garnered a nomination at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards. It was also Palestine’s 2012 Oscar Entry. Notably, the film’s production was entirely Arab-financed with all Palestinian producers marking a new trend in Arab cinema. Founder of Philistine Films, Annemarie teaches screenwriting and works as an editor and film curator, actively promoting independent cinema, training and working with fellow filmmakers.

Selected Filmography

Salt of this Sea (2008, min, Color, 35 mm)
Sound of the Street (2006, 3 min, Color, DV)
An Explanation : (and then burn the ashes) (2005, 6 min, Color, 16mm)
A Few Crumbs for the Birds (collaboration with Nassim Amaouche) (2005, 26 min, Color, 35mm)
Until When (2004, 76 min, Color, DV)
like twenty impossibles (2003, 17 min, Color, 35mm)
Palestine is Waiting (2001, 10 min, Video)
The Satellite Shooters (2001, 16 min, Color, 16mm)
Two Hundred Years of American Ideology (2000, 12 min, Color, Video)
Chronicle of Civilized & Consequential Moments of Reconciliation (2000, 2 min, Video)
A Revolutionary Tale (2000, 9 min, Color, Video)
A Post-Oslo History (1998, 8 min, Color, Video)
Scratch (1996, 5 min, Color, Video)
Interview (1994, 4 min. Color, Video)

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