Bristol Palestine Film Festival Presents...

Please note: this season finished in March 2015
Bristol Palestine Film Festival 2015

Palestinian director and curator Annemarie Jacir has teamed up with Bristol Palestine Film Festival Director David Owen to programme this special season of internationally acclaimed Palestinian feature films as part of Conversations About Cinema: Impact of Conflict.

In what is now the world's longest running conflict, this season explores its many repercussions and the multiple ways it has been presented in Palestinian cinema. As Annemarie Jacir says:

"As a Palestinian, almost everything about our life is so politicised. When you are constantly being blocked or working under intense restrictions such as occupation, you need to find creative responses. This creativity is perhaps one of the hallmarks of Palestinian cinema right now, and is reflected in these four films."

The season includes classics such as Return to Haifa, funded entirely with money collected by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and often cited as the very first Palestinian fiction film, and new features from Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You) and Suha Arraf (Villa Touma). David Owen says:

"These films say much about the Palestinian experience of the Israeli occupation and ongoing conflcit in the region. They demonstrate that art and politics are deeply entwined and that film is a powerful mechanism for narrating the Palestinian story - I hope that we can continue the conversation at the Q&As and discussions we'll be holding after some of the screenings."

Ticket prices: £4.00 - £8.00

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Previous screenings & events in this Season

Seemingly unrelated comedy sketches, often surreal, sometimes physical and always funny, are woven together in an autobiographical account that’s also a poignant commentary on the Israeli Occupation of Palestine in Elia Suleiman's extraordinary first film.

Read More - Chronicle of a Disappearance with Discussion

A moving story about a Palestinian couple who return to the son they had to leave behind when they were expelled. Now 20, they find he has recently enlisted in the Israeli army. A stunning story that asks impossible questions about parenthood and homeland.

Read More - Return to Haifa with Discussion

Three Palestinian Christian sisters who’ve lost their land and status due to the 1967 war with Israel aren’t able to face the painful new reality that’s been imposed onthem, so they lock themselves away in their big house and continue to live in a time warp - until their young niece walks into their lives and challenges their routine forever.

Read More - Villa Touma + Director's Q&A

Selma Dabbagh reads and discusses the poems of other well-known Palestinian writers.

Read More - Poetry, Prose and Palestine

A poignant, powerful and heartfelt drama about a child among the Palestiniian refugees displaced to Jordan after the 1967 war. Followed by a Q&A with director Annemarie Jacir.

Read More - When I Saw You + Director's Skype Q&A