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Arna's Children Palestine/Israel/Netherlands'This must-see doco penetrates a Jenin refugee camp to follow several Palestinian children from laughing kids in a theatre group to grim actors on a grislier world stage. In documenting the work of his indomitable activist mother Arna, Israeli co-director ... Read more
Chronicle of a Disappearance (Segell Ikhtifà) Palestine/FranceElia Suleiman's first feature, made in 1997, is a wry and ironic assertion that the Arab population of Israel is losing its national identity. Winner of the Luigi De Laurentis award for best debut film at the Venice Film Festival and ... Read more
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Divine Intervention (Yadon Ilaheyya) Palestine/France'always imaginative, often arresting' Divine Intervention is a movie of memorable moments.' -VarietyCollecting both the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI awards at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Elia Suleiman's second feature, Divine Intervention offers a ... Read more
Collecting both the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI awards at Cannes this year, Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention offers a singular view of Palestinian communities fraying at the edges - conveyed with a Jacques Tati-like absurdist sensibility. In Nazareth, Israel, a man (Elia Suleiman) tries to end a ... Read more
Elia Suleiman Short FilmsPalestine/FranceIntroduction to the End of an Argument (1990, 45mins)This highly kinetic tableau of uprooted sights and sounds works earnestly to expose the racial biases concealed in familiar images. Relying on valuable snippets from feature films such as Exodus, Lawrence ... Read more
A simple trip to the bakery for a young Palestinian girl turns into a journey that subtly depicts the tensions of a politically charged environment and illustrates the grief of growing up under occupation. Selected for the Palm Springs, Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. ... --- ... D/P/S Cherien ... Read more
Nana tocuses on the loving but sometimes quite difficult relationships between four women filmmakers and the compassionate, authoritarian, unpredictable, loquacious grandmothers. From 1994 to 1998, Nana evolved out of communal effort to gain insight into each others' lives and explore one another's ... Read more
People the world over are baffled by the act of suicide bombing. Whatever one's political view, it is virtually incomprehensible. Dutch-based Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad delivers a powerful and measured inquiry into this act of martyrdom in his Berlin 2005 award-winning [Paradise Now]. The ... Read more
"All we have is the truth - I'm not giving up."Soraya, like thousands of Palestinian s around the world, has never seen her homeland. Travelling from New York to Israel after her grandfather's death, she comes to reclaim her heritage both spiritually and financially, but quickly finds out how naive ... Read more
“Chases a poetic answer for the crimes of Saddam Hussein.” - Variety ... A son's search for his father and a mother's search for her son are the centrepiece for filmmaker Mohamed Al Daradji's exploration of the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's regime. Set in 2003, just after Hussein's downfall ... Read more
A Palestinian man and his son visit their village for the first time since they were forced to leave twenty-five years ago for an archaeological dig. ... D/P Dani Rosenberg, Yoav Gross L Arabic, Hebrew w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
Shot under extremely difficult and dangerous conditions, this film features portraits of eight Palestinian women from different social and religious backgrounds. Exploring their lived realities, it seeks to show how Palestinian women know war, and imagine peace. ... Read more
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