I Feel Nothing

Jumana Emil Abboud [Pal.-R-U, 2013, 8 min, num., VOA/Original English version

Le film est une enquête aux multiples facettes sur le sens du toucher : il examine le manque de sensations, les liens entre le corps et la mémoire, entre la terre et son histoire « spirituelle », les superstitions, les contes de vieilles femmes, les pierres sacrées et les talismans, autrefois profondément ancrés au sein de l’identité palestinienne.

 

This project began as a multi-faceted investigation into the sense of touch: lack of feeling, the relationship between the body and memory, between land and its “spiritual” history, superstitions, old wives’ tales, sacred stones and talismans as once deeply woven within Palestinian identity. I Feel Nothing is a video-poem inspired by these ideas, and by the Palestinian fairytale, The Handless Maiden. Metaphorical throughout, a relationship is recounted, though remains ambiguous if it is between a man and a woman, life and death, the past and the present, or an individual and a homeland.

 

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