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