British colonial film: Mandate Palestine

Tuesday 26th November

An insight into the end of British Mandate Palestine.


This is a rare chance to see remarkable footage from the British colonial era.  Francis Gooding presents Portrait of Palestine (1946) produced by the British Colonial Office in the lead up to the end of the British Mandate in Palestine. Describing the footage as a ‘standard piece of propaganda’  Francis will present a close reading of the archival records, in order to  unpick the motivations behind the making of the film. Why did the British decide to make such a film just two months before ‘responsibility’ for Palestine was handed to the UN ?

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