Born in 1962 in a Palestine refugee camp, Rashid Masharawi studied film-making in Israel and is now contributing to Palestinian film-making, which he has enriched with short films, documentaries and feature films.
Rashid Masharawi was born in 1962 in Shati, a refugee camp in the Gaza strip. Due to lack of training facilities in Palestine, he studied film-making in Israel. Masharawi founded a Cinema Production and Distribution Centre for Palestinian films and produced various short films and documentaries. His first feature film ´Hatta isharr akhar´ (´Curfew´) won the UNESCO prize in Cannes in 1994 and the Antigone d´Or at the film festival Cinéma Méditerranéen Montpellier.
Masharawi´s works are about everyday life in Palestine. He says: "I am willing to leave filming the Intifada to CNN," since he does not wish Palestine film-making to be solely motivated by an anti-Israel bias. ´Rabab´, for example, is about a woman who has killed her husband - it is a film about a woman in jail and, metaphorically speaking, about a jail in a woman. Similarly, the highly awarded feature film ´A Ticket to Jerusalem´ (2002), which has also been called a ´fiction documentary,´ portrays life for Palestinians in Israel.
In his video ´Checkpoint´ (2002), which was part of the installation ´From/To´ by Fareed Armaly for the Documenta XI, the camera moves slowly through a group of people waiting at a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem. From a detached perspective, it portrays a situation that is completely normal for the Palestinians. ´Checkpoint´ will be presented during the project ´Dream and Trauma´ in the House of World Cultures, Berlin (2005).
Author: Brigitte Heilmann, House of World Cultures
Rashid Masharawi, film artist, born in Gaza in 1962. He grew up in a refugee camp. Rashid Masharawi lives and works in Ramallah, where he founded the Cinema Production and Distribution Center in 1996 with the aim of promoting local film productions. He also sponsors a mobile cinema, which allows him to screen films in Palestinian refugee camps. Other projects include the annual Kids Film Festival and major workshops on film production and directing. Rashid Masharawi regularly organises readings and discussion forums at the Al-Matal cultural centre. With his documentaries and feature films, he has also made a name for himself as a film artist. He has received several film awards. At the Cannes International Film Festival, for instance, he was awarded the Unesco Film Award for ´Curfew´ (1994) and received the audience and critics’ prize for the best film at the Montpellier Film Festival. He has won a number of awards for his feature film ´A Ticket to Jerusalem´ (2002).
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
Moving Images and the Promised Lands
(02 December 05 - 18 December 05)
(18 August 00 - 30 September 00)