Thursday, 31 May, 6.30pm at the Wiener Library

Dr Nir Cohen (SOAS, London)

Love and Surveillance: Politicised Romance in Peter Kosminsky’s The Promise (UK, 2011)

This lecture series is organised by the LBI London in cooperation with the Wiener Library.

FilmTalk 2011/2012: Sleeping with the Enemy

While attempts at forming romantic relationships are abundant in Peter Kosminsky’s epic TV serial The Promise (2011), expressions of true love and affection seem to be missing. Instead, romance is yet another tool in a system  whose role is to monitor, control, and conquer; lovers are often enemies; and  relationships are motivated by political ambitions and emotions. This talk explores Kosminsky’s vision of Israel/Palestine both in the 1940s and today – one in which the concept of love is often marred by violence and undermined by a national cause.

Nir Cohen holds a PhD in Film Studies from University College London. He currently teaches at SOAS, London. His research focuses on Israeli cinema and he is the author of Soldiers, Rebels, and Drifters: Gay Representation in Israeli Cinema (2012).

FilmTalk lectures are held at The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP and begin at 6.30pm. Admission is free but places must be reserved in advance by contacting the Wiener Library (email or phone 020 7636 7247).

Underground: Russell Square; Bus: 188, 168, X68, 7, 59, 68