By Gertz, Khleifi
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There were no computers at the time. ” The archive offered unremitting documentation of battles, bombings, political, cultural and social events, and interviews with politicians, military leaders, and notables from the cultural and intellectual circles of the time, many of whom have now passed away. In addition, it contained interviews with guests, documentation of delegations and receptions, a record of life in the refugee and guerrilla camps, and day-by-day documentation of the events of the civil war.
The cost of the project was estimated at a quarter of a million dollars. The PLO leadership considered the cost too high and the proposal was rejected. Between 1980 and 1981, the war between Israel with its Lebanese allies, on one side, and the Palestinians with their allies, on the other, escalated. Aerial attacks on the PLO offices in the al-Fakihani quarter became more and more frequent. Therefore, Film Institute management decided to transfer the archive to a more secure area. They rented the basement of a building in the distant Sadat neighborhood, installed air-conditioning, and moved the archive there.
One of these suggests that the Abu Musa faction, a pro-Syrian group that disassociated itself from the PLO after the Lebanese War, seized the archive. According to another source, a major Shiite figure has the archive in his keeping, in the hands of the 29 PALESTINIAN CINEMA Hizballah. Yet another report suggests that the employees of the Akka hospital, fearing for the hospital’s fate, buried it in a Palestinian graveyard. Wherever it is, after over twenty years of wandering and inappropriate storage conditions, Khadija Abu-Ali is not optimistic as to the fate of her life’s work.