Although physical distancing means we can’t come together to watch films in person at the moment, we can share films and enjoy communal screening experiences online for the time being.
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.
Dir. Jumana Manna
2016, Palestine, 66 mins, Arabic with English subtitles
SDH subtitles available
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.
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)
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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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Listen to Jumana Manna in conversation with Negar Azimi, Senior Editor of Bidounmagazine