A screening of an excerpt from Area C, System D, a work in progress by artist and documentarian Polina Medvedeva followed by a Q and A with the filmmaker.
Area C, System D
Dealings along the Jerusalem-Ramallah road, ±60min, 2016
Filmed over the course of 2014/2015 in Al-Ram, Kufr Aqab and the Qalandia, Al Amari and Kaddura refugee camps, the documentary deals with informal sociopolitical structures in the area, which remains practically ungoverned by both Palestinian and Israeli authorities, focussing on the thriving grey economy and self-government along the main Jerusalem-Ramallah road, where shops and buildings are unlicensed, the cars often stolen and where the electricity and sewer lines are built on one’s own initiative.
Told from the perspectives of the shopkeepers and a group of young musicians, it is a parallel narration of both daily struggle and resilience, desperation and the power of individuals, whirled in a constant bustle of vibrant enterprise and rap.