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Digital Witnessing in “Jerusalem, We Are Here”

Screening and discussion with the filmmaker Dorit Naaman Moderated by Olga Gershenson

“Jerusalem, We Are Here” is an interactive documentary that digitally brings Palestinians back into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled in 1948. Director Dorit Naaman will guide a virtual tour of Palestinian Jerusalem, weaving together pre-1948 memories and documents, with contemporary space politics.

Dorit Naaman is a documentarist and film theorist from Jerusalem, and a professor of Film and Media and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her academic publications focus on Israeli and Palestinian cinemas and media from post-colonialist and feminist perspectives. Her 2016 interactive documentary, “Jerusalem, We Are Here”, offers a model for digital witnessing and has been screened at numerous festivals, conferences, universities, and community events. It can be viewed at

Olga Gershenson is Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also on the Film Studies faculty.