Program in Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College welcomes Colleen Jankovic “Queer Cinematic Occupation: Palestine, Pinkwashing, and Persistence” Monday, October 22, 7pm, Carpenter 21

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 7:56 am.

Situating Eytan Fox’s 2006 gay Israeli film The Bubble in the context of the growing critiques of Brand Israel “pinkwashing” (the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Israeli cultural institution use of gay rights to distract from occupation and injustice) this talk will view the film not only in terms of the political terrain that produced it and that it in turn shapes, but in terms of formal analysis of its uniquely cinematic form of pinkwashing. Through scenes that call attention to acts filming and other types of mediation, and drawing on existing critiques of the film, I demonstrate how The Bubble posits Palestine as “a closet,” which in turn marks Israel as progressive and liberal. I’ll argue that this close reading of the film’s formal strategies, which is often overlooked in narrative interpretation of the film, can be read back onto the political context to offer caution to current forms pinkwashing critique that unwittingly repeat, rather than challenge, the logics of exposure that undergird pinkwashing. Using the film as a reference point, this talk will explore the complexity of Palestinian queer political activism and its strategies of persistence, as well as the growing solidarity movement in North America and elsewhere, all in close relation to how cinema and dominant cinematic and queer logics of visuality can become complicit in military occupation.

Colleen Jankovic is a PhD candidate in English, Film, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her transnational film studies dissertation, “Cinematic Occupation: National Intelligibility in Palestine and Israel,” draws on queer theory to examine early Zionist and contemporary Israeli state enlistments of cinema and to explore alternative forms of belonging in Palestinian cinematic practice. She has published on affect and film/writing pedagogy in Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, and a co-authored a publication on queer Palestinian cinema in Camera Obscura. In addition, Jankovic collaborates on artistic and activist projects including grant-writing for a queer Palestinian activist organization, working as Associate Producer on a documentary film in Palestine, and co-curating a queer of color film series in Pittsburgh.




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