Unearthing Jordan’s Soviet Cinema
Hassan’s 2004 documentary Kings and Extras followed Hassan on a search for the lost PLO film archive that was reportedly stashed in an apartment in Beirut’s Hamra neighborhood preceding the 1982 Israeli invasion. There are several theories as to the whereabouts of the archive, but Hassan said that every so often, one of the archive’s films pops up in random locations, like the film that surfaced at the Palestinian embassy in Algeria. Hassan speculates that the Friendship Society’s trove could well hold some of the PLO’s earlier work.
“The PLO media unit started first in Jordan and then moved to Lebanon, so when they moved to Lebanon, they didn’t take their stuff with them from Jordan. In a way, if this is part of the PLO’s missing archive, it’s not the missing archive, because the missing archive was in Lebanon,” said Hassan.
Beaucoup de choses étonnantes dans ce reportage sur la découverte d’un stock de vieilles pellicules abandonnées, remontant à l’amitié jordano-soviétique.