RAMALLAH, Feb. 2 (JMCC) - Filmaker Elia Sulieman explores the meaning of his latest film, The Time That Remains and his feelings about boycotting Israel in this interview.
I'm not saying anything about the Arab-Israeli conflict, see what I mean? I do not make a film in order to talk about the Arab-Israeli conflict. In fact, the phrase the Arab-Israeli conflict does not even belong in my dictionary -- at all. I only reflect and sponge and experience, and that happens to be as a Palestinian Diasporic -- or everyday reality. An occupation of some sorts. A different kind of an occupation. An occupation of the geography of Palestine, and an occupation of the souls of those who live there.
This is a reality that is being experienced everywhere in the world, and not necessarily just Palestinians. I'm saying it's an experience that can be identified with everywhere in the world. We live in a place called the globe today that has a multiplicity of experiences in it. My films do not talk about Palestine necessarily. They are Palestine because I am from that place -- I reflect my experience, but in identification with all the Palestines that exist. The word Arab-Israeli conflict is alien to me in terms of the poetics of the word. I don't think my film is about that altogether.
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