Film

Gaza Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Film Festival News Roundup
Asmaa al-Ghoul, Al-Monitor

Gaza Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Film Festival

“Turn them off? Off?” asked an employee of the Rashad Shawa Cultural Center in Gaza City repeatedly as he talked on his cellphone. Once he received a clear answer from the director of the center, he headed to the small control room at the far end of the hall teeming with more than 1,000 attendees, who sat on chairs, lay on the floor or stood leaning against the walls.

on May 17, 2016
The House Lights, if Not the Stars, Shine Bright at Gaza’s Film Festival News Roundup
Diaa Hadid & Majd Al Waheidi

The House Lights, if Not the Stars, Shine Bright at Gaza’s Film Festival

On the big screen, a Palestinian was trying to audition for a singing contest over the Internet, because he was unable to leave the Gaza Strip. But the shoddy connection kept freezing, and the plucky hero eventually disappeared into a hazy cloud of belching smoke, as the generator he was using broke down.

on May 13, 2016
Oscar Winners, Come to Israel! It’s Just Like a Movie…But People Are Actually Killed Op-Eds & Analysis
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, International Business Times

Oscar Winners, Come to Israel! It’s Just Like a Movie…But People Are Actually Killed

When news emerged of this year's goodie bag for Oscar nominees, director Mike Leigh – himself nominated five times in the past – went public to express his incredulity at one of the items included – a $55,000 VIP trip to Israel. Leigh urged star actors and directors to turn down the government-sponsored freebie, or hand it over to one of the world's 4.8 million Palestinian refugees.

on February 26, 2016
Netanyahu Seeks to Suspend Palestinian Politicians News Roundup
Amira Hass, Haaretz

Netanyahu Seeks to Suspend Palestinian Politicians

The Israel Defense Forces soldier who wounded Rehab Nazzal in Bethlehem on Friday, December 11, 2015, by shooting her in the shin, didn’t know who she is. He didn’t know her name; that she was born in Qabatiyah, near Jenin; that she is 55, and also a Canadian citizen; that she teaches art at a college in Bethlehem; that one of her exhibitions angered the Israeli ambassador in Canada; or that she’s writing an interdisciplinary doctoral thesis that’s impossible to summarize in a sentence...

on February 8, 2016
Cinema Returns to Gaza After Long Absence News Roundup
Entsar Abu Jahal, Al-Monitor

Cinema Returns to Gaza After Long Absence

The lights were dim and the audience whispered. The viewers watched the screen to see what would happen to the hero of the film “Oversized Coat,” which screened Dec. 26 at the Red Crescent Society hall. Gazans watched the film in an uplifted mood, one the city had been not seen for decades.

on January 31, 2016
Palestinian Gay Film Festival Breaks Down Barriers News Roundup
Debra Kamin, Variety

Palestinian Gay Film Festival Breaks Down Barriers

It was an LGBT-themed film festival held outside the borders of Palestine, featuring a number of works by directors who were neither gay nor Palestinian. But the first-ever Kooz Queer fest, which had a modest bow earlier this month in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, made little ripples of history in its own right.

on December 4, 2015
Hany Abu-Assad: Filmmaker Palestinian Profiles
IMEU

Hany Abu-Assad: Filmmaker

For award-winning Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, cinema serves as a tool of resistance. From escaping to the cinema as a child to his own 2006 Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated film Paradise Now, Abu-Assad has utilized film as a means of exploring different manifestations of oppression.

on October 21, 2015
Cows’ Eye View of a Co-op that Joined Palestinian Uprising News Roundup
Anca Voinea, Co-operative News

Cows’ Eye View of a Co-op that Joined Palestinian Uprising

The Wanted 18 is an animated film showing how a group of activists in the town of Beit Sahour, West Bank, set up a collective farm to produce local Palestinian milk to substitute for dairy supplies from Israel. The locals, who were mainly academics and professionals, had no prior experience in running dairy farms. They decided to set up an informal co-operative and managed to buy 18 cows from a kibbutznik (an Israeli peace campaigner).

on September 25, 2015
Arab Woman’s Vision Gets the Cinematic Stage It Deserve News Roundup
Nirit Anderman, Haaretz

Arab Woman’s Vision Gets the Cinematic Stage It Deserve

One day in the late 1990s, Safaa Dabour left her home in Nazareth and traveled to Tel Aviv. She had heard that one of the theaters was screening the film “Chronicle of a Disappearance,” by Nazareth-born Palestinian-Israeli director Elia Suleiman, and because she very much wanted to see it, she decided to head for the big city.

on September 24, 2015