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Film 'The Present' wins award!

Sophie Prideaux in The National / April 11, 2021: Palestinian short film ‘The Present' wins Bafta: 'I dedicate this award to the people of Palestine’ Palestinian-British filmmaker Farah Nabulsi's The Present took home the Bafta on Saturday evening for Best British Short Film. Nabulsi virtually accepted the award at the first installment of a two-part ceremony, the main event for which will take place on Sunday evening, virtually, from London. The film, which is Nabulsi’s directorial debut, tells the story of Yousef, played by Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri, who decides to go with his daughter to buy a gift for his wife on their wedding anniversary. However, the task of shopping for the gift is made almost impossible because of the challenges of life under occupation.

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Submissions open for IDFA 2021!

Producers and directors: You can now submit films and projects for IDFA 2021! The 34th edition of the festival takes place November 17 to 28, 2021. Look for more information at: https://www.idfa.nl/en/info/idfa-festival-submissions?utm_source=IDFA+Newsletters&utm_campaign=8fe349c9b1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_04_06_09_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_32b31333b2-8fe349c9b1-70479797

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'Brooklyn Inshallah' on You Tube this Friday!

This Friday, the Chicago Palestine Film Festival is hosting the second film for Falasteen Film Fridays: "Brooklyn Inshallah." The film focuses on Arab Americans living in New York City, working to make history by electing the first Arab American to political office through community organizing. Following the film will be a special Q&A with the Director, Ahmed Mansour. This event is free for everyone, so don't miss it. The film will be screened on YouTube this Friday, April 9 at 8:30pm CST. The YouTube link will be shared later this week through email and Facebook. So tune on: https://www.facebook.com/events/1291132664603054/

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Chicago Palestine FF presents 3 Palestinian films

Chicago Palestine Film Festival presents 3 Palestinian films with Q&A's - for free! Tune in via Facebook Watch Party OR YouTube next Fridays, 8.30 pm CST: - March 26: Naila and the Uprising - April 9: Brooklyn Inshallah - April 23: Amreeka

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Oscar Nomination for Nabulsi's 'The Present'

GREAT NEWS!!! William Parry in Al-Jazeera / March 9, 2021: British-Palestinian director Farah Nabulsi’s short film, set in occupied West Bank, has been shortlisted for the Oscars. Read his entire interview with Nabulsi at: https://palestina-komitee.nl/farah-nabulsi-her-past-in-the-present-and-the-future/ Another interview: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200622-why-are-simple-tasks-made-so-difficult-in-palestine-asks-filmmaker-farah-nabulsi/

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Now on FB: movies made by female directors

Until 25 March, films made by Palestinian women directors can be seen every Thursday and Friday via Facebook! The Al Ard Arab and Palestinian Film and Documentary Festival could not take place last August due to the pandemic and is now offering films and debates about Palestine digitally under the banner: Al Ard Mara - La terra è donna. Or: The earth is (a) woman. Among others these films can be seen: On the Doorstep; Stitching Palestine; Detained Dreams; They want them gone. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/alArdDocFilmFestival

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Hany Abu-Assad's new movie: 'Huda's Salon'

Source: https://variety.com/2020/film/global/cairo-film-festival-hany-abu-assad-hudas-salon-1234847289/ Production has finally completed on “Huda’s Salon,” the new film from double Academy-Award nominated director Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now,” “Omar”). Production was halted twice this year because of regulations brought in to stop the spread of coronavirus. Variety spoke to the Palestinian director from his home in Nazareth after he gave a masterclass via Zoom at the Cairo Film Festival. Written and directed by Abu-Assad, “Huda’s Salon” is based on real-life events telling the story of a woman whose visit to a hair salon turns into a nightmare when its owner blackmails her. Starring Manal Awad, Maisa Abd Elhadi and Ali Suliman, filming took place on location in Nazareth and Bethle (...)

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Hany Abu Assad talking with Nai Barghouti

Academy Award nominated Palestinian filmmaker and director Hany Abu Assad, and award-winning Palestinian singer, composer and flute player Nai Barghouti discuss culture and identity through music and film in 'Rabbani Talks': https://rabbanifoundation.org/episodes/

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Israeli Court Bans 2002 Documentary 'Jenin, Jenin'

Director Mohammed Bakri ordered to pay $55,000 to reservist appearing in the film, which suggests Israeli soldiers committed war crimes in Jenin during Operation Defensive Shield An Israeli court ruled on Monday that screening or distributing Mohammed Bakri's controversial documentary "Jenin, Jenin" should be banned and that all copies of it should be seized. Lod District Court Judge Halit Silash also ruled that actor and director Bakri must pay 175,000 shekels ($55,000) to a reservist who appears in the film as a participant in the battle in the Jenin refugee camp in 2002. The film suggests Israeli soldiers committed war crimes in Jenin during Operation Defensive Shield. Full article: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-court-bans-2002-documentary-jenin-jenin-fo (...)

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Free Films! 4-13 Dec. Bristol Palestine FF

The Bristol Palestine Digital Film Festival goes online 4-13 December 2020 and the films are free to watch! For 10 days, 24 short films will be screened to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this great festival. Many of the films in this programme were released this year and range from drama, documentary and experimental. So visit: https://bristolpff.org.uk/festival-programme-2020!!!

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Queer filmmakers drop out of Israeli TLVFest

Queer filmmakers drop out of Israeli-government sponsored TLVFest More than a dozen filmmakers have honored a call by Queer Palestinians to withdraw from TLVFest, the Israeli government-partnered LGBT film festival, over its role in the Israeli government’s pinkwashing agenda. Editor’s Note: The following press release was issued on November 11, 2020 by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). Mondoweiss occasionally publishes press releases and statements from organizations in an effort to draw attention to overlooked issues. More than a dozen filmmakers have withdrawn from TLVFest, the Israeli government-partnered LGBT film festival, which runs from November 12-21. Queer Palestinians are calling for a boycott of TLVFest over its role i (...)

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Int. Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

The full IDFA Program will be online from Nov 9, but these documentaries are known already: - In Section Frontlight: MISSION: HEBRON by Rona Segal (docu 22 min). See: https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/e5951944-ce64-4b8e-98dd-a5b392d6bfda/mission-hebron - In Section Masters: ZIYARA by Simone Bitton (docu 99 min.) See: https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/b44e21b8-30f8-4e91-a28f-422e11bc3477/ziyara - In Section Best of Fests: MAYOR by David Osit (docu 89 min.) See: https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/a2cc2d8d-acfa-433a-9b6e-c05250062bc1/mayor - In Section Best of Fests: ’TIL KINGDOM COME by Maya Zinshtein (docu 76 min.) See: https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/c0e65192-b1a9-4fbe-b380-c74002cee909/til-kingdom-come Trailer: https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/c0e65192-b1a9-4fbe-b380-c74002cee909/ti (...)

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Israel seeks ban on film 'Jenin Jenin'

Middle East Monitor / October 28, 2020 An Israeli Knesset committee has called for banning a film documenting Israel’s siege on the occupied Palestinian West Bank city of Jenin in 2002 and the crimes carried out against its residents, Quds Press reported yesterday. The Foreign and Security Committee at the Israeli Knesset submitted a draft resolution that will be raised to the government’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, demanding a ban on the film ‘Jenin, Jenin’. The film was produced by the Palestinian-Israeli producer Mohammad Bakeri. It documents the Israeli crimes during the invasion of the Palestinian city through accounts by eyewitnesses. The Knesset committee claimed that the film distorts the image of Israeli soldiers and stressed it should not be displayed. The f (...)

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GAZA, MON AMOUR in Leiden, Netherlands!

Screening at the Leiden International Film Festival on 30 Oct. and Nov 1, 7 and 8: 'GAZA, MON AMOUR' by the brothers Arab and Tarzan NASSER! For more information, see: https://www.liff.nl/P Programma/Movie/gaza-mon-amour/1296/6

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The Militant Film of the PLO

"From Palestine to the world, the militant film of the PLO" is an article written by Kaleem Hawa in the New York Review. The Palestine Film Unit emerged in the late 1960s with the aim of situating Palestine in the global anti-colonial struggle. The Palestinian militant film project emerged in the aftermath of the 1967 Arab–Israeli War, hoping to win international sympathy and solidarity by showing Palestine as one dialect in a global language of anti-colonial struggle. The war—which lasted six days—ended in crushing defeat for the Arab armies and created a new, second wave of Palestinian refugees, as well as an occupation of the West Bank and Gaza that continues to this day. Soon after, Jordan became the main base of operations for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), which (...)

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Palestine Cinema Days 20 - 26 October !!!

The annual Palestine Cinema Days (PCD) presents its 7th edition from the 20th to the 26th of October 'despite the unprecedented times Palestine and the world is going through in 2020'. And about this edition: 'Palestine Cinema Days this year is designed to reflect the moment we are living in- screenings taking place physically in socially distanced, open-air cinema spaces and the industry days, the Palestine Film Meetings (PFM), taking place online. The lineup offers twelve films of fiction, ten documentaries and two slots of six short films, Arab and international. Screenings take place in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Gaza and Haifa. Look for the full program at: http://pcd.flp.ps/films.

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Petition against UAE-Israeli cinema cooperation

RAMALLAH, Saturday, October 3, 2020 (WAFA) – Over 70 film professionals from Palestine and other Arab countries have signed a petition protesting a recent cooperation pact between Emirati and Israeli cinemas and calling for solidarity among the Arab film world. The UAE’s Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC), Israel Film Fund (IFF), and the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film and Television School (JSFS) announced last week that they plan to collaborate on a series of initiatives, including educational exchange, joint film and TV projects and a regional film festival. The Arab filmmakers said they were “shocked” that the ADFC had agreed to work with state-backed Israeli film bodies given that Palestinians were still living under occupation. “For more them seven decades Palestinians have lived u (...)

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War Crimes in Gaza. When French Weapons kill

Watch the full movie (53 minutes) from 15/9 to 21/10 on https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/090021-000-A/war-crimes-in-gaza ! War Crimes in Gaza - When French Weapons Kill by Sophie Nivelle-Cardinale et Alice Odiot, France 2020. Could arms manufacturers be made accountable for war crimes? A French arms manufacturer is implicated in a case in Gaza where three Palestinian children are dead. The story of an unprecedented legal battle from the Gaza strip to the Paris law courts.

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So Close Yet So Far

'So Close Yet So Far' - a series of short animations made by the Visualizing Palestine team. Narration: Dana Dajani The animations that tell the stories of Palestinian families separated by Israeli policy. In Palestine, distance is measured not just in kilometers, but in the insurmountable apartheid laws, bureaucracy, and infrastructure that keep so many Palestinians from a normal life in their own homeland. Sources and Credits: http://bit.ly/VP-scysf Watch: Hiba and the Triplets (2 min) https://vimeo.com/452142082 Ahmad and Rokaya (2 min): https://vimeo.com/452106177 Amani and Adnan (2 min): https://vimeo.com/user17869619 Visualizing Palestine https://vimeo.com/373838912 To become a Member: visualizingpalestine.org/membership

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DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival will start!

The tenth DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival will start October 1 at 19:00 until October 11 at 16:00, COMPLETELY DIGITAL with a lot of Palestinian films including Ibrahim by Lina Alabed, Maradona’s Legs by Firas Khoury, and Made in Palestine by Mariam Dwedar, a book talk and Q&A with Isabella Hammad (The Parisian), music from DJ Sarouna and others. The full program will be announced next week. For ticket sale and program: https://www.facebook.com/events/340831860445347.

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Al Ard Film Festival

From 17 to 22 August 2020, the 17th edition of the Al Ard Film Festival will take place! The program per day can be found on: http://xvii.alardfilmfestival.com/programma.html Location: Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.

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Palestine Film Institute

The Palestine Film Institute (PFI) website is very useful for everyone interested in Palestinian Cinema. See: https://www.palestinefilminstitute.org/en/pfp/ - also for their interesting publications. One of the initiatives launched by the PFI in collaboration with filmmakers from Palestine and Palestinian cultural institutions is the Palestine Film Platform. This Platform will stream a Palestinian Feature Film every week for free: https://www.palestinefilminstitute.org/en/pfp. The Palestine Film Platform is also availalble for any Palestinian filmmaker who wants to share her/his recent work. You can give your suggestions, ideas and - of course - films through the contact page or at info@palestinefilminstitute.org.

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Covid-19 and important film festivals

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Palestinian film festivals and other Palestinian film festivals planned in many countries were canceled. As a compensation, some of these festivals give film fans the opportunity to watch films from their program online. For example, the Chicago Palestine Film Festival showed the films "Ave Maria" and "The Idol" via Facebook last week. Other film festivals opt for postponement. For example, the Festival Ciné-Palestine site states that the festival planned for May is hopefully possible in the fall. See https://www.festivalpalestine.paris/. The 11th Arab Film Festival Berlin has also opted for postponement, but does not yet mention a new date, see https://alfilm.berlin/en. The same goes for the Haifa Independent Film Festival that was scheduled for March and (...)

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