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43 min. English.

A close friend is asked to start an investigation before an inevitable act occurs. Interlacing images, textures, movements, traces, and sounds from over a century, letter to a friend recounts in minute detail a home and street in Bethlehem.

Emily Jacir, born in 1972 in Bethlehem, West Bank, is an artist and filmmaker who is primarily concerned with transformation, questions of translation, resistance, and silenced historical narratives. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time. She is the recipient of several awards. Her works have been shown all over the world in solo and group exhibitions. She is the Founding Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem. She is based between Ramallah and Rome.

Production Emily Jacir. Production company Emily Jacir (Bethlehem, Palestine). Director Emily Jacir. Cinematography Emily Jacir. Montage Emily Jacir. Sound design Emily Jacir. Sound mixing Firas Mukarkar. Animation Ahmad Habash. Production manager Emily Jacir. Executive producer Emily Jacir. Commissioned by Fisher Center at Bard.


1999: 15 Palestinian Minutes in Palistine (15 min.). 2002: from Texas with love (60 min.), Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work); (132 min.), Annual Israeli Day Parade, New York City May 5 (3 min.). 2003: a sketch in the Egyptian Museum, April 24, 2003 (1 min.), ENTRY DENIED (a concert in Jerusalem); (105 min.), Nothing Will Happen (eight normal Saturdays in Linz) (20 min.). 2004: Ramallah/New York (38 min.). 2009: Lydda Airport (5 min.). 2014: Tal al Zaatar (60 min.). 2017: Notes for a Cannon (17 min.). 2019: letter to a friend.

Photo: © Emily Jacir

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