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Rudolfinum_Time-Based Jumana Manna

Jumana Manna: A Magical Substance Flows Into Me (2016)

The screening in English language and a short introduction by curator Jen Kratochvil takes place on Thursday, 8 November at 8pm.

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In her film A Magical Substance Flows Into Me (2016), Manna explores the different musical traditions of myriad communities living in and around Jerusalem, drawing on her research into the German-Jewish ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann (1892-1939) and his work at the Oriental Music broadcasts, a series of radio programmes from the 1930s, which Lachmann made for the Palestine Broadcasting Service; established under the British Mandate (1920-1948).

 

The film follows Manna’s exchange with musicians as she encounters them in their homes and places of work and worship. For Manna, revisiting Lachmann’s project provides a methodology to explore the complex and fragmented histories of her hometown. Her encounters with musicians are interspersed with scenes staged in her own family home in East Jerusalem. By positioning herself alongside the musicians, Manna includes her own subjectivity within the historical narratives she portrays.

 

The film traces links between physically, culturally and linguistically separated communities, whilst allowing for ideas of the representation of authenticity and heritage to emerge. Through the work, Manna aims to make visible the intertwinement of these identities, in resilience to the erasures and displacements of the Zionist settler-colonial project. The film dissembles false binaries and puts into doubt the logic of partition and segregation, and their colonial discourses. Manna asks, instead, to address the question of Palestine through the lens of 1948 and its consequences, while calling for a multifaceted Palestine, reimagined through the possibilities of sound and listening.

 

Jumana Manna (*1987 in the USA, lives and works in Berlin and Jerusalem).

 

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