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The Time That Remains
 
 
Directed by Elia Suleiman, Palestine 2009
109 mins. Hebrew and Arabic dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 
An account of the creation of the Israeli state from 1948 to the present.  In four episodes, Suleiman recounts family stories inspired by his father Fuad's private diaries starting from when he was a resistance fighter in 1948, and his mother’s letters to family members who were forced to leave the country during the same period.  In addition, Suleiman also combines his own memories in an attempt to provide a portrait of the daily life of the Palestinians who were labelled "Israeli-Arabs" after they chose to remain in their country and become a minority.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Suleiman's approach, anchored as it is in minutiae and the absurd, manages to rescue the Arab-Israeli issue from its usual hijacking by ideology."  (Joumane Chahine - Film Comment Magazine)

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