Film

Suha Arraf on her “stateless” Palestinian film News Roundup
Patrick O. Strickland, The Electronic Intifada

Suha Arraf on her “stateless” Palestinian film

They want to view me as a ‘good Israeli Arab director’ or a ‘nice Israeli Arab,’” says filmmaker Suha Arraf, who recently came under attack by the Israeli government and its supporters for labeling her latest work a Palestinian production. “The moment you say Palestinian, though, you become the enemy,” she told The Electronic Intifada.

about 2 weeks ago
New site catalogs documentary films about Palestine News Roundup
Henry Norr, Mondoweiss

New site catalogs documentary films about Palestine

Movies are a great way to learn about Palestine – and, more important, to educate family, friends, and neighbors. Fortunately, there are scores of great films about the plight of the Palestinians and its historical roots – if the quality and quantity of documentaries on the situation determined the outcome, the Palestinians would have won a substantial measure of justice long ago. And in the Internet age most of these films are available at the click of a mouse, for free or at nominal cost.

about 2 weeks ago
‘The Eyes of a Thief’ to represent Palestine at Oscars News Roundup
Debra Kamin, The Times of Israel

‘The Eyes of a Thief’ to represent Palestine at Oscars

"The Eyes of a Thief," a West Bank-set psychological thriller from Jordanian-Palestinian director Najwa Najjar, is Palestine’s contender in the nominations race for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year made history when it declared “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad’s searing West Bank love story, to be a product of the nation of Palestine.

about 3 weeks ago
Palestine submits Eyes of a Thief to Oscars News Roundup
Melanie Goodfellow, ScreenDaily

Palestine submits Eyes of a Thief to Oscars

The Palestinian Ministry of Culture has submitted Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards. The timely drama explores the impact of the Middle East conflict on Palestinian life through the tale of a West Bank man searching for his lost daughter following his release from an Israeli jail.

on September 26, 2014
The battle to preserve Bethlehem’s cultural heritage News Roundup
Charlie Hoyle, Ma'an News Agency

The battle to preserve Bethlehem’s cultural heritage

When Palestinian filmmaker Leila Sansour left Bethlehem in the 1980s there were no military checkpoints intimidating the city, no separation wall jutting into residential gardens, and no Israeli settlements dominating the horizon. "I grew up in a very idyllic town, but I didn’t think of it like that as a child. There were forests of olive trees, fig trees, apricot trees and huge fields filled with grape vines," she told Ma'an.

on September 17, 2014
John Legend, Anthony Bourdain & Shifting Use of the ‘P’ Word in America Op-Eds & Analysis
David Harris Gershon, Daily Kos

John Legend, Anthony Bourdain & Shifting Use of the ‘P’ Word in America

Growing up, I rarely heard the 'P' word uttered in my suburban Atlanta community, and not once did I hear it spoken in my Hebrew school at our family's conservative synagogue, where teachers spoke of "them" in quick, hushed tones. photo: Christopher Hazou/IMEU

on May 22, 2014
Danny Glover calls for cultural boycott of Israel News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Danny Glover calls for cultural boycott of Israel

Danny Glover and other actors featured in a US documentary on a prominent social justice activist protested the film's screening at a Tel Aviv festival this week, announcing their support for the cultural boycott of Israel.

on May 15, 2014
Chicago Palestine Film Festival returns with Oscar-nominated “Omar” News Roundup
Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada

Chicago Palestine Film Festival returns with Oscar-nominated “Omar”

The world’s longest-running Palestine film festival returns to Chicago’s prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center tomorrow; the opening night screening of Hany Abu-Assad’s Oscar-nominated Omar has already sold out

on April 19, 2014
Speed Sisters: The Film
Speed Sisters

Speed Sisters: The Film

The Middle East's first all-women motor racing team has come together in Palestine. Against a backdrop of political upheaval, Speed Sisters offers a surprising look into what it takes to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

on April 9, 2014