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Watch "The Time That Remains"- FILM

  • Mar 10, 2013 · 4:30 PM
  • This location is shown only to members


An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.

Director: Elia Suleiman

Released August 2009

In Arabic, with English subtitles..


A quick history of Absurdistan, the country now known as Israel or Palestine (depending on which part of the wall you end up on). A personalised account starting from the Jewish take over of Palestine in 1948 and leading up to current day Israel. The movie however is less about the big picture, Palestinian-Israeli relations, but more about the very personal story of Elia Suleiman, his father - a resistance fighter - and mother.




The backdrop of history is used with great consequence, as Suleiman drives his tale through varying levels of absurdity and yet manages to deliver an emotionally gripping tale. Scenes of profound sadness, like the death of Elia's father, are preceded by short, but realistic, sketches of the ludicrous and nonsensical, like a tank following a man taking out the trash. However Suleiman delivers it with such class, that he never once dances with being a pastiche and remains a poignant, artistic picture throughout. Instead of making a dramatised account full of grief and sadness, Suleiman does the unthinkable with a devastating effect: laughs it all out.

Elia Suleiman is increasingly proving himself to be not only the most important Palestinian director, but also the best Israeli one as well. Talk about being absurd...

























CASUAL POTLUCK...Bring something if you can..

LOCATION ADDRESS COMING LATER...It's very near Leavenworth and Geary in San coordinate your travels! 


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  • Laurie

    such a great meetup.
    the film was unique and enlightening.
    great conversation and wonderful host!
    thanks again Saikat for hosting.

    March 11, 2013

    • Faiza

      Ditto on all that! Great evening! We'll be back Saikat!

      March 12, 2013

  • Monique

    I am sorry to do this last min. But family emergency .

    March 10, 2013

  • Faiza

    Hi everyone! We're at our max number of people for the film, so please update your rsvp's if you think you can't make it, to make room for others who may want to attend...thank you!

    March 8, 2013

  • Saikat B.

    Hi all,
    The address to the location is 630 Leavenworth St., #3
    San Francisco, CA 94109

    It is on Leavenworth St., between Post St and Geary St. It is less than 15 min walk from the Powell St or the Montgomery St BART station. The Muni lines are 27, 38, 2, 3, 30, 45.
    Please push button #3 at the gate and I can buzz you in. I'm in the 3rd floor. There is an elevator in the building. Please feel free to call me at[masked] if you need help with directions.
    Looking forward to see you all,

    March 7, 2013

    • Faiza

      Thanks Saikat! I won't forget to bring the movie! :)

      March 8, 2013

  • Faten

    I'd love to attend! I might have to change my RSVP depending on the location though...

    February 25, 2013

  • Laurie

    hi - this is a very special film. saw it not too long ago. it really captures the absurd reality of palestinian life in israel-palestine from the human perspective.

    February 21, 2013

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  • Faiza
    Founder & Everything YALLA!, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Saikat B.
    Event Host
  • A former member

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