Bristol Palestinian Film Festival

Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Season

Please note: this season finished in Dec 2014

The Bristol Palestine Film Festival returns with a range of compelling, urgent and at times devastating features and documentaries looking at life both inside and outside of Palestine. This year features work from Palestinian directors living in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Dubai and the Unites States. Topics touched on by these director's are varied and diverse and include the struggle of Gaza's people to stay connected with friends and family, the attempts to break down the systems of silence that surround the sexual abuse of women in Arab society and the campaign to keep Bethlehem open to the world.

We are delighted that we will be hearing from many of the filmmakers either via Skype or in person. Some of the highlights include Saturday's screening of Duma, a powerful documentary from Palestinian director Abeer Zeibak Haddad and one of the first films ever made to explore the sexual abuse of women in Arab society. On Sunday we have the UK premier of Saken, an intimate documentary capturing the reflections of Ibrahim Salameh who was paralysed while fighting for Palestinian liberation in the 1980s. Annemarie Jacir returns as for the second year running with a screening of Salt of this Sea, the first full-length feature film to be directed by a female Palestinian director, it's a devastating portrait of life in Palestine which follows Brooklyn woman Soraya (Suheir Hammad), who travels to the West Bank and Israel to recover her roots. Annemarie Jacir will join us after the screening for a Skype Q&A. The festival closes with the launch of Open Bethlehem, an international campaign to keep Bethlehem open to the world. Director Leila Sansour will be here to introduce the screening and answer questions.

As well as the screenings and events here at Watershed Bristol Palestine Film Festival also takes place across Bristol with events in the Cube and Easton Community Cinema. For full details of the programme please visit bristolpff.org.uk.

Ticket prices: ranging from free to £8.00.


Previous screenings & events in this season

Open Bethlehem + Director's Q&A  18  S Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Open Bethlehem - car
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2014
Film
Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her hometown, soon to be encircled by a giant illegal wall of concrete. Spanning seven momentous years, Open Bethlehem reveals a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation, blending rare archive material with personal video-journals

Salt of the Sea + Skype Director's Q&A  15  S Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Salt of the Sea + Skype Q&A
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2014
Film
This urgent, rousing film (the first from Palestine by a female director) follows a Brooklyn woman who returns to her homeland of Palestine and plans a heist to settle the historic debt owed to her.

Saken + Intro  18  S Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Saken + Intro
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2014
Film
This touching observational documentary examines the unlikely friendship forged between Ibrahim, a paralysed Palestinian fighter and his Egyptian companion and caretaker Walid.

Skype In Conversation with Hind Shoufani Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Skype In Conversation with Hind Shoufani - headshot
Please note: This event took place in Dec 2014
Talk
Hear Palestinian writer and filmmaker Hind Shoufani in conversation as she discusses her work around how the power of spoken word and poetry can be used to shake up the world of those around them and reinterpret social and political scenarios into personal perspectives that challenge or nurture its readers.

Omar  15  S Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Omar
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2014
Film
Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) directs this action-packed Oscar®-nominated love story set against the backdrop of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

About Hamed Bristol Palestine Film Festival

About Hamed
Please note: This event took place in Dec 2014
Talk
In this talk Hamed Qawasmeh will explore what the occupation and expansion of illegal settlements means for Palestinians and development work in the region.

Duma + Skype Director's Q&A  18  S Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Duma - poster
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2014
Film
The first film in the Arab world to deal with the sexual assault of women and girls in Palestinian society, it sees director Abeer (who will also join us for a Skype Q&A) travel through Israel documenting Arab women who dare to reveal the abuse they have endured.

The Shebabs of Yarmouk + Director's Q&A  18  S Bristol Palestine Film Festival

The Shebabs of Yarmouk
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2014
Film
In this spirited, staunchly humanistic film we follow five youths, Palestinian refugees living in the 50-year-old camp of Yarmouk in Syria, over the course of three years.

Gaza Calling + Skype Director's Q&A  18  S Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Gaza Calling + Skype Q&A
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2014
Film
An emotional study of two families forced to live apart and to be content with Internet chats and endless hours of phone call. An extraordinary glimpse into the daily reality of Palestinian families.