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  • Summary: Port of Memory is a story rarely told, about the emptying of Jaffa, a thriving urban and economic port city in pre-1948 Palestine, of its indigenous residents. The film follows a family after it receives an order to evacuate their home in Ajami, Jaffa’s once-wealthy sea-frontedPort of Memory is a story rarely told, about the emptying of Jaffa, a thriving urban and economic port city in pre-1948 Palestine, of its indigenous residents. The film follows a family after it receives an order to evacuate their home in Ajami, Jaffa’s once-wealthy sea-fronted neighborhood. Port of Memory is a reflection on the absurdity of being at once absent and present. (Novel Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Feb 9, 2011
    70
    Quietly and atmospherically touches on the Kiarostamian Uncertainty Principle, with Aljafari liberally corrupting his demi-documentary with scripted dialogue, rehearsals, and even digital effects.
  2. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Feb 15, 2011
    60
    The movie too often fails to reward the close watching it requires. While its stillness powerfully suggests stasis, its fragmentary approach doesn't achieve a cumulative power.