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We are delighted to make a number of films available for streaming in July and August as part of Film Feels Connected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. 

5-12 July 2020
A Magical Substance Flows Into Me

Dir. Jumana Manna
2016, Palestine, 66 mins, Arabic with English subtitles
SDH subtitles available
cert PG

A Magical Substance Flows Into Me weaves through musical traditions of various communities living in and around Jerusalem. 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.


WHEN TO WATCH​

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5-12 July: available for streaming from this page
Sunday 5 July, 6.30pm: communal viewing
Sunday 5 July, 8:00pm: live discussion (scroll down for further details)
Tickets – Free / £2 / £4 / £6 (see our ticket scale here)
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Proceeds from this screening will be donated between Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and Show Racism the Red Card Scotland

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FURTHER LINKS

Listen to Jumana Manna in conversation with Negar Azimi, Senior Editor of Bidounmagazine 

Listen to Martin Stokes, King Edward Professor of Music at Kings College London, explore the history of musical tradition in Palestine with reference to the archives of Robert Lachman and the musical performances in Manna’s film
 
Read Jumana Manna on her film, A Magical Substance Flows Into Me –  Artforum, 18 September 2015
 
Read Jumana Manna in conversation with Katie Guggenheim, Exhibitions and Events curator, Chisenhale Gallery, September 2015
 
Read Morgan Green on Jumana Manna’s A Magical Substance Flows Into Me – Art 21 Magazine, 29 Nov, 2017
Director Jumana Manna (A Magical Substance Flows Into Me) Viennale 2016 © Robert NEWALD Photographie

This screening is part of Film FeelsConnected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.  Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk