This is the story of a 2,500-year-old Greek statue that washed up in a Palestinian fisherman’s net in the waters off Gaza in 2013 found in the waters off Gaza—before disappearing under mysterious circumstances. The Apollo of Gaza is the most recent film by director Nicolas Wadimoff, whose past films Les gants d’or d’Akka and Aisheen (Still Alive in Gaza) bear witness to his long-standing interest in the realities of the daily lives of Palestinians. The Apollo of Gaza follows the mystery of the ancient statue of the Greek god of love and poetry’s fate through the stories of the various players that had a part in its discovery and its subsequent disappearance, exchanging hands under the forces of greed, lust and power plays—but also support, fraternity and the hope of its people. Join us for a screening of this poetic and philosophical reflection on the passage of time, lost histories and of stories with unknown endings, in parallel with the unending Israelo-Palestinian conflict and the currents of resistance in daily life in Gaza. The screening will be followed by a presentation interview and a Q & A session with the director, Nicolas Wadimoff.
This event is part of Converging Paths 2020, organised by Asia House and The Barakat Trust, and in partnership with the London Palestine Film Festival and The Centre of Palestine Studies of SOAS. We thank Akka Films for their support.
Tickets £10, £8 concession or free for students. Tickets available on Eventbrite.