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Available to stream – A Magical Substance Flows Into Me (2016)
5th July | 6:30 pm - 12th July | 6:30 pm
Available for streaming from our website is Jumana Manna, A Magical Substance Flows Into Me (2016, Israel/Palestine, 66mins, Arabic with English subtitles & SDH subtitles for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
– 5-12 July: available for streaming
– Sunday 5 July, 6.30pm: communal viewing
– Sunday 5 July, 8pm: live online discussion via Crowdcast
– Sliding Scale ticket price – please click for details
– Password to access the film and discussion will be emailed to you
– Due to licensing limitations, this film is available to stream in the UK only
A Magical Substance Flows Into Me weaves through musical traditions of various communities living in and around Jerusalem. Jumana Manna took as her starting point German-Jewish ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann’s field recordings of ‘Oriental’ groups in Palestine in the 1930s and his Oriental Music radio series made for the Palestinian Broadcasting Service (1920-1948). In the film we follow Manna as she revisits the communities that Lachmann studied – including Kurdish, Moroccan, and Yemenite Jews, Samaritans, members of urban and rural Palestinian communities, Bedouins and Coptic Christians. Over the course of her travels she visits homes, offices, recording studios, and places of worship, replaying Lachmann’s recordings and makes new recordings of her own. Interspersed with these are scenes from her own family home in East Jerusalem.
Video still from A Magical Substance Flows into Me, 2016, HD video, 66 min. Co-commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation and Chisenhale Gallery with Malmö Konsthall and the Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy of Jumana Manna.