Coloring Palestine: The Flag Device and Cinematic Motivations in Narrative Movies
Film Color
Flag Colors Device
Hany Abu-Asad
Annemarie Jacir
Mai Masri
Palestinian Film

This article compares the flag colors device in three films: Paradise NowWhen I Saw You, and 3000 Nights. The central question is how Hany Abu-Assad, Annemarie Jacir, and Mai Masri embed the colors red, green, white, and black in their movies, the colors of the Palestinian flag. Three major motivations for the flag device are compared: symbolic rhetoric, artistic play, and narrative composition by examining flag motifs from global cinema (Godard, Kieślowski, and Mehta) and other Palestinian films and paintings. This article argues that Abu-Assad, Jacir, and Masri have used flag colors to structure their films’ form and to cue their narratives.

Author biography: 
Niall Ó Murchú is a professor of global studies and political economy at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University. His videographic essays have been published in [In]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies and more can be found on his own and Fairhaven College’s Vimeo pages. He lived in Birzeit and Ramallah in 1995–96 and studied Arabic at Birzeit University.