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Chronicle of a Disappearance (1997)




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Deceptively simple and executed with a documentary feel, this drama represents a highly personal journey home for ex-patriot Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman. The film is divided into two sections. The first documents the paradoxical but sleepy existence in the Arab part of Nazareth. The second part takes a more political view of the city and in it, Suleiman takes a more active role. He has come to his former home in search of inspiration, but what he sees are many disturbing images of Arab people trapped in a cultural identity crisis, a point best illustrated by the plight of a young Arab woman who wants more independence than traditionally allowed in her part of town but cannot find it because of prejudiced residents on the Jewish side.


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In its seemingly humble way, it's trying to build a truth that can be universally processed, and for that it continues to stand on its own.

May 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…


August 25, 2002 | Rating: 5/5

The film's rambling, non-linear structure may turn some people off even more than its politics does.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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