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On This Land


On This Land weaves together the Palestinian landscape with a multitude of voices from the Occupied Territories in order to understand Israeli domination and look with the Palestinians at the future of their struggle.


On This Land is a feature length creative documentary and transmedia work that takes viewers on a journey to a land frequently invoked yet rarely heard or seen beyond the clichés of mainstream media: Palestine. Taking on an aesthetic mode that reflects a post Arab uprising climate, the film weaves through a cacophony of landscapes, conversations, and sonic traces of the Occupied Territories. Checkpoints and crossings, graduations and cemeteries, living rooms and streets, mosques and parks, farms and make-shift markets: these are some of the spaces mapped by the film.


On This Land / على هذه الأرض (Trailer) from MTL Collective on Vimeo.

MTL Collective

Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon are MTL, a collective that joins research and activism with artistic practice. MTL’s work has been curated in major international art exhibitions and festivals around the world including the 2016 Athens Biennale, 2015 Venice Biennale, MediaImpact International Festival of Activist Art in Moscow, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM) Germany, and the 10th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial in Brazil, among other venues. In addition to art exhibition, MTL has been invited to speak about their work at the Sharjah Biennial in United Arab Emirates, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service in New York, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, the Creative Time Summit in New York, and Cooper Union and Stony Brook University in New York, among others.

MTL collective is a core member of Gulf Labor Coalition (GLC). MTL is also a founding member of Decolonial Cultural Front (DCF) and Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.), the direct action wing of GLC which is pressing to better the conditions of South Asian migrant laborers in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Direct Action Front for Palestine (DAFP) formed at the beginning of Israel’s last military assault on Gaza in 2014. Finally, MTL is founder and managing editor of Tidal: Occupy Theory, a printed and online movement-generated theory magazine.

 Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

“على هذه الأرض”

على هذه الأرض ما يستحق الحياة: تردد إبريل، رائحة الخبزِ
في الفجر، تعويذة امرأة للرجال، كتابات أسخيليوس ، أول
الحب، عشب على حجرٍ، أمهاتٌ تقفن على خيط ناي، وخوف
.الغزاة من الذكرياتْ

على هذه الأرض ما يستحق الحياةْ: نهايةُ أيلولَ، سيّدةٌ تترُكُ
الأربعين بكامل مشمشها، ساعة الشمس في السجن، غيمٌ يُقلّدُ
سِرباً من الكائنات، هتافاتُ شعب لمن يصعدون إلى حتفهم
.باسمين، وخوفُ الطغاة من الأغنياتْ

على هذه الأرض ما يستحقّ الحياةْ: على هذه الأرض سيدةُ
الأرض، أم البدايات أم النهايات. كانت تسمى فلسطين. صارتْ
.تسمى فلسطين. سيدتي: أستحق، لأنك سيدتي، أستحق الحياة

“On This Land”

On this land,
There is what makes life worth living,
April’s hesitation,
the aroma of bread at dawn,
A woman’s prayer for men,
Aeschylus’s writings,
the beginning of love,
Grass on a stone,
mothers standing on the thread of a flute,
and the invaders’ fear of memories.

On this land,
There is what makes life worth living,
September’s end,
A woman leaving forty
in full bloom
The hour of sunlight in prison
A cloud reflecting a swarm of creatures
A people’s applause for those who face their own erasure with a smile
And the tyrant’s fear of songs.

On this land,
There is what makes life worth living
On this land
The lady of our land
The mother of all beginnings
And the mother of all ends
She was called Palestine
Her name later became Palestine
My lady….
Because you are my lady
I deserve life.


Hostile Intelligence: Reflections from a Visit to the West Bank, by David Graeber

A Funeral In Bethlehem, by Andrew Ross

Speaking of Palestine: Solidarity and Its Censors, by Jasbir Puar

A Deportation, by Amin Husain and Susu

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