Open seminar for political studies 2020-2021 of the Transglobal Study Group: “The archive between poetics, politics and violence of history”. 4th session.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (french time UTC + 1) – 4:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (palestinian time UTC+2)

“We left the global solidarity engendered by the Covid-19 crisis to return to our familiar state of disunity in the struggle against oppressive power, domination and fascist policies.
In Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon explains the revolt in Indochina: “It is not because the Indo-Chinese people have discovered a culture of their own that they are in revolt. It is because ‘everything simply ‘, it had become in more than one way impossible for him to breathe.
In her film Behind the Fronts (2017), French director Alexandra Dols also uses the metaphor of suffocation to evoke the Palestinian experience under occupation. At the opening of the film, she presents me discussing with an Israeli psychoanalyst who challenges me to take Israeli needs into account. I respond, “We live in a reality where the more Israelis breathe, the more Palestinians suffocate.”
Throughout the film, we hear Palestinians gasping for breath: during interrogations in prisons, at the Qalandiya checkpoint, and during the bombing in Gaza.
It is no wonder that George Floyd’s cries of “I can’t breathe” caused so much reaction in Palestine. Floyd spoke the words of all Palestinians. ” (Samah Jabr, Chronicle of Palestine, 06/18/2020)

Naji El Khatib (Medfil): The impossible dream of Palestine
Samah Jabr (PMED): The right of the people to breathe
Alexandra Dols (Hybrid Pulse): The writing process of the film “Behind the front”


Behind the Fronts: Resistances and Resiliences in Palestine
Alexandra Dols’ film:
Samah Jabr’s book:

Chronicles of Naji El Khatib at Rommanmag:

Transglobal studies group:
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