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Love and Surveillance: Politicised Romance in Peter Kosminsky’s The Promise

Part of the FilmTalk lecture series: Sleeping with the Enemy held in partnership with the Leo Baeck Institute London.

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. 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. Hecurrently 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).


Dr Nir Cohen | talks


Date and Time:

31 May 2012 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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