restricted access Manifesto of the Palestinian Cinema Group (Palestine, 1973)

In the aftermath of the Six Day War of June 1967, there was an increasing sense that radical, pro-Palestinian cinema needed to develop as both an educational and propagandistic tool. The Palestinian Cinema Group, early on in the manifesto paraphrasing Marx and comparing contemporary Arab cinema to Marx’s oft-quoted “religion is the opiate of the masses” from Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1843), foregrounds the need to radically redefine Arab cinema so that films are made by and for the people, and their liberation from oppression becomes paramount.