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Chronicle of a Disappearance is a israelien film of genre Drama directed by Elia Suleiman released in USA on 1 january 1996 with Elia Suleiman

Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996)

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Released in USA 1 january 1996
Length 1h28
Directed by
Genres Drama
Rating70% 3.5336153.5336153.5336153.5336153.533615

Chronicle of a Disappearance (Arabic: سجل اختفاء) is a 1996 drama film by Palestinian director and actor Elia Suleiman. Suleiman stars in the film along with his family members, his relatives, and other non-actors. Dhat Productions produced the film. The film features no real storyline or character arc. Suleiman plays himself returning to Israel and the West Bank after a long absence which is followed by a series of barely connected vignettes and sketches, which are intended to convey the feelings of restlessness and uncertainly from Palestinian statelessness. The film's tone varies through these scenes such as "Nazareth Personal Diary", which has a light and domestic tone, and "Jerusalem Political Diary", which has a more ideological tone.

Chronicle of a Disappearance was Suleiman's first feature film. It has received international critical acclaim and was shown at the of 1996 Venice Film Festival, where it won the award for Best First Film Prize.


The film is set in the tense period in the Israel-Palestinian peace process shortly after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the election of Benjamin Netanyahu, with the strained relations implied but not explicitly depicted. It is divided into two major sections, all loosely tied together as the story of Suleiman's return to the West Bank and Israel. The character of Suleiman in the film is described only as 'E.S.' E.S. returns from a twelve-year exile in New York City and is now in unfamiliar territory. Within the film, no real plot or character development emerges. A series of mostly unconnected scenes take place one after the other in documentary film like fashion. The gradual accumulation of images and dialogue start without conclusion presenting an unsettling kind of feeling, which was meant to convey the quality of life led by Palestinians given their statelessness.


Elia Suleiman

Ali Suliman

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