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Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
The Neighbour before the House
(60 mins)
2009-2011
Arabic and English with English Subtitles.


A film by CAMP
(Directed by Shaina Anand with Ashok Sukumaran, Shereen Barakat, Nida Ghouse, Mahmoud Jiddah, Mahasen Nasser Eldin, and Aarthi Parthasarathy)

Eight Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Beit Hanina and the Old City use their TV screens to look out into their neighbourhood, via a CCTV camera mounted on the rooftops of their homes, "tripods made of stones". Instead of bearing witness in the usual way, these families control the cameras from their homes; inquisitiveness, jest, memory, desire and doubt pervades the project of watching. Sometimes the voice looks for an image, at other times image provokes voice, or they separate into distant landscapes and innermost thoughts, as Palestinian residents of the Old City and East Jerusalem evaluate occupation and the nature of their distance from others.

It was filmed in October 2009 in Al Quds/Jerusalem using a cheap Pan-Tilt-Zoom CCTV camera. At the time of filming, there were escalations in the Al Aqsa compound in the Old City. 28 Palestinian families who had been living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem had been served eviction notices, three families, including the Al Kurd, Al Hanoon and Al Ghawi families had been evicted a few months ago. In the hilly neighbourhood of Silwan 88 houses were to go, to make way for the City of David theme park. And at the boundaries of Greater Jerusalem, in Bethany and Abu Dis, gerrymandering by way of the separation wall had thrown many Palestinian residents of Jerusalem into the West Bank. The testimonies of the eight families narrated over the landscape that they are filming live bring us a first-hand, visceral documentation of this city and its various neighbourhoods that are at the flashpoint of the uprising today.

The footage was edited into this feature-length film in 2011.

Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds)

Opening Show of the Palestinian Museum
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Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
الجار قبل الدار
The Neighbour Before The House

Al jaar qabla al daar (The neighbour before the house), 2009-2011

الجار قبل الدار

“The Neighbour before the House” is a series of video probes into the landscape of East Jerusalem. Shot with a CCTV security camera, these images show that before and after instrumental "surveillance", there is inquisitiveness, jest, memory, desire and doubt that pervades the project of watching. In these specific times and places, camera movements and live commentary become ways in which Palestinian residents evaluate what can be seen, and speak about the nature of their distance from others.

60 mins, SD CCTV video and sync audio.

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Al-Jar Qabl al-Dar The Neighbour before the House
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We Begin by Measuring Distance

Works in Palestine by Basma Al Sharif and CAMP
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November 8th, 2013
Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (The Neighbour before the House)
CCTV video, 60 mins

The Neighbour Before the House

A film program at Slought, with Shaina Anand /CAMP about surveillance systems, critical documentary filmmaking, subjectivity and distribution, and a screening of Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (CTV video, 60 min, 2011), followed by a discussion with filmmaker Shaina and Deborah A. Thomas.

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The Neighbour before the House (2011) 60 mins
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A 72-minute film resulting from a CCTV video project shot in Jerusalem/ Al Quds with eight palestinian families, from and around their homes. Screenings are every 90 minutes starting 10 am, the last screening is at 8 pm. At Bait Al Serkal, Upto May 7, 2011.

Screening: The neighbour before the house

الجار قبل الدار (Al jaar qabla al dar)

Screening of CAMP's Jerusalem project filmed by residents using a PTZ CCTV camera, followed by a talk.
at
The International Academy of Art Palestine.
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7:30 - 9:30 pm

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If Jerusalem is the capital of both Israel and Palestine, and on the eve of Netanyahu's visit to a historically Palestine-friendly India, we bring you two films with surprising images and voices...

The Neighbour before the House

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The Neighbour Before the House Screening at New Museum

Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar

CCTV video, 60 mins Screening and discussion with Ashok Sukumaran and Shaina Anand
New Museum Theater

New York
Saturday 16 July 2011 2:00pm

Al Jaar Qabla al Daar at Experimenter

The second segment of FILAMENT starts tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9, with CAMP's film, Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (The Neighbour Before the House),
CCTV video, 72 mins, 2009-11.
The work will be on view until Friday, 12 July with three shows daily at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm.
EXPERIMENTER
2/1 Hindusthan Road, Kolkata 700029

The Neighbour before the House at Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts

Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (The neighbour before the house)
CCTV video
72 minutes
is part of
The Matter Within
at
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco
October 15 2011 - January 29 2012

The Neighbour Before the House at Volte Gallery

Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
72 mins, CCTV video
at Volte Gallery, Mumbai
as part of
Your Name is Different Here curated by Nancy Adajania
December 3 2011 - January 5 2012

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Born in experimentation and uncertainty, black boxes of machines and institutions surround us with seemingly smooth and impenetrable functions. But reintroduce the uncertainty, reopen the conflicts, and the box appears stable in neither form nor function.

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ReMembering
EK DOZEN PAANI
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