Posts Tagged ‘film’
BUDRUS is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier.
Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat.
While this film is about one Palestinian village, it tells a much bigger story about what is possible in the Middle East. Ayed succeeded in doing what many people believe to be impossible: he united feuding Palestinian political groups, including Fatah and Hamas; he brought women to the heart of the struggle by encouraging his daughter Iltezam’s leadership; and welcoming hundreds of Israelis to cross into Palestinian territory for the first time and join this nonviolent effort. Many of the activists who joined the villagers of Budrus are now continuing to support nonviolence efforts in villages from Bil’in to Nabi Saleh to Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.
The only scheduled UK screening is in York on November 29 – Worldwide theatrical release information is here
Hassan Ghani’s Press TV documentary following Viva Palestina’s third convoy which started in December 2009.
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Lemon Tree on Film 4 FRIDAY 1AM!
The Israeli Defense Minister Israel Navon moves to a house on the border between Israel and the West Bank, with the building sitting on the Israeli side just next to the dividing line. The Israeli Secret Service views the neighboring lemon grove of Salma Zidane, a Palestinian widow whose family has cared for the area for generations, as a threat to the Minister and his wife. The security forces soon set up a guard post and a barbed wire fence around the grove. They then obtain an order to uproot the lemon trees. [Wiki]
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On Tuesday May 25th 2010, the HIFF will be screening the documentary ‘American Radical. The trials of Norman Finkelstein‘ which will be followed by a Q&A forum with Professor Avi Shlaim.
Reading PSC has been invited to attend the event by Katie Barlow and Jeremy Hardy. Members of Reading PSC will be there with our information stall – we look forward to seeing you!
Norman Finkelstein has a mission – to speak the truth. And the truth, as he sees it, is inflammatory to his fellow Jews, including arch enemy and distinguished Harvard scholar Alan Dershowitz.
The son of concentration camp survivors, Finkelstein was heavily influenced by his mother, who became an impassioned pacifist. Finkelstein has devoted his energetic academic career to publishing and speaking out against Israel, and denouncing the invocation of the Holocaust to justify displacement and oppression of Palestinians.
– USA, 84min. Director Nicolas Rossier.
HIFF FORUM & Q&A
Following the screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A session with Professor Avi Shlaim, who features in the film. Professor Shlaim is a Fellow of St Antony’s College and a Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He is a frequent contributor to the newspapers and commentator on radio and television on Middle Eastern affairs, and has authored many books including The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World.
The evening will be hosted by broadcaster and comedian, Jeremy Hardy, who featured in the critically-acclaimed documentary Jeremy Hardy v The Israeli Army and is a regular panelist on Radio 4′s News Quiz.
The Palestinian film Salt of this Sea, shown at Cannes in 2008, is screening in London at the French Institute from May 21-30 – Book your tickets here…
The first feature film by a Palestinian woman, Salt of This Sea tells the story of Soraya, a third-generation, working-class Palestinian refugee living in Brooklyn, New York. Soraya discovers that her grandfather’s savings have been frozen in a bank account in Jaffa since he was expelled in 1948. Determined to reclaim what is theirs, she fulfills her life-long dream to return to Palestine, but is rebuffed by the bank. It is then she meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, in contrast to hers, is to leave Palestine forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, Soraya and Emad know that in order to be free, they must take things into their own hands, even it means breaking the law…
“This film is my personal voice, intimate,… it’s the voice of my family, of my village, of my people. It’s the voice of every refugee…” – Saleh Bakri, actor
“Annemarie Jacir’s filmic vision is brilliant, emotional, intense and fresh. Salt of this Sea is absolutely one of the best films I’ve seen in years” -Michael Moore, Director
April 30 – May 6, 2010 at Barbican Film, London
The 2010 programme has recently been finalised and will be richer than ever. Highlights will include Elia Suleiman’s latest feature The Time That Remains (below) – followed by a discussion with the director.
The UK premier of Eyal Sivan’s new documentary Jaffa: The Orange’s Clockwork followed by an expert panel discussion, and a session dedicated to the late poet Mahmoud Darwish – including a premier screening of Nasri Hajjaj’s documentary As The Poet Said. Plus much, much more new fiction, documentary, and art – from Palestine and further afield… check back here in mid-March for full programme details.
Medical Aid for Palestinians’ new film:
Life or Death: Medical Referrals from Gaza
The strict closure of the Gaza Strip has impoverished and restricted medical services in Gaza. This increases the need to refer patients for treatment outside Gaza.
The process of obtaining a referral document is not easy, and when a patient manages to obtain it, he or she then has to wait for a hospital appointment to come through, before applying to the Israeli Authorities for permission to leave Gaza.
MAP FILMS looks at the reality of life for Palestinians in Gaza trying to access health services outside the territory.
Student filmmaker and Convoy member Dale Vincent Smith’s documentary “Return to Gaza” will be released in April.
Listen to Dale’s interview on BBC Radio Derby:
Medical Aid for Palestinians’ new film:
The Silent War: Israel’s Blockade of Gaza
Israel’s blockade of Gaza has been in place for almost three years.
Building on existing closures and restrictions, the blockade means the delay or denial of a broad range of items – food, industrial, educational, medical – deemed “non-essential” for a population largely unable to be self-sufficient at the end of decades of occupation. The blockade prevents access by sea, land and air, effectively closing off a population of 1.5 million Palestinians from the outside world.
This short film examines what the blockade means for the people of Gaza, as they struggle to rebuild their lives over a year after Operation Cast Lead.
With God On Our Side takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies, even those that privilege Jews at the expense of Palestinians, leading to great suffering among Muslim and Christian Palestinians alike and threatening Israel’s security as a whole. This film demonstrates that there is a biblical alternative for Christians who want to love and support the people of Israel, a theology that doesn’t favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jews and Palestinians.”