Film

Israeli Firm, Target of Boycott, to Shut West Bank Plant News Roundup
Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times

Israeli Firm, Target of Boycott, to Shut West Bank Plant

SodaStream, the Israeli manufacturer of home carbonation systems that this year became a focal point of an international movement to boycott Israeli products made in the occupied West Bank, plans to close its factory there next year. The company’s stock and revenue have waned since the controversy erupted in January, when the actress Scarlett Johansson became its spokeswoman and resigned from a similar post at Oxfam International, which opposes Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.

on October 30, 2014
Celebrities and Another Kind of Cultural Work Op-Eds & Analysis
David Palumbo-Liu, The Huffington Post

Celebrities and Another Kind of Cultural Work

In August the Washington Post ran an article entitled, "Celebrities Get Nasty Over Gaza and Israel," which began, "Your average celebrity feud starts with a personal slight that escalates into a hashtag-laden Twitter battle and culminates with a late-night talk show appearance. But when celebs fight about Israel and the Palestinians, things can get really ugly. Recently, Hollywood had a lot to say about the conflict in the region -- and much of it wasn't very nice."

on October 30, 2014
SodaStream Sours On ‘Sweet’; Will Close West Bank Factory News Roundup
Thom Forbes, MediaPost

SodaStream Sours On ‘Sweet’; Will Close West Bank Factory

SodaStream announced during an earnings call yesterday that it was pretty much ditching sweet soda and re-rebranding as a carbonated water company. It is also said it would close its controversial factory in the West Bank that led to a worldwide consumer boycott and caused spokeswoman Scarlett Johansson to resign in January as an ambassador for Oxfam after eight years with the group.

on October 29, 2014
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.

on October 9, 2014
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.

on October 7, 2014
‘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.

on September 30, 2014
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