In an interview with filmmakermagazine.com this February 2023, Mohanad Yaqubi affirmed his belief that the act of archiving is, ultimately, a reconstruction of history based on ideology. This statement came in relation with his film, RK21 AKA Restoring Solidarity (2022). This documentary was created out of an archival of 20 films about Palestine and the resistance they fought for, which had been long protected by pro-Palestine activists in Japan.
This film would be screened as an opening film in Madani International Film Festival 2023, and as one of the four Palestinian films that were selected in the spirit of the “knots” of humanitarian solidarity for Palestinian conflicts. Mohanad will visit Jakarta to have a conversation with Madani IFF 2023 audience. Aside from RK21, Madani will also screen Mohanad film that was screened in Tokyo, Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory, during which screening he experienced the life-changing encounter with the archives that became the base of the RK21 AKA Restoring Solidarity.
Off Frame focused on cinematic militants as a medium for Palestinian filmmakers to reclaim Palestinian images and narratives. In addition, Mohanad’s short film, No Exit (2014), will also be screened. This programme will feature, alongside it, 200 Meters, a drama-fiction that focuses on a Palestinian family to further invite us into Palestinian realities. In spite of its light tone, this drama will unveil concrete issues that Palestinians face on a daily basis.