Film

‘The Eyes of a Thief’ to represent Palestine at Oscars Media 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 1 day ago
Palestine submits Eyes of a Thief to Oscars Media 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.

about 5 days ago
The battle to preserve Bethlehem’s cultural heritage Media 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.

about 2 weeks ago
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 Media 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” Media 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
Palestinian film ‘Omar’ nominated for Oscar Media Roundup
Haaretz And DPA

Palestinian film ‘Omar’ nominated for Oscar

The Palestinian film "Omar" has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category, making it the second Palestinian film to be nominated for the prestigious golden statuette.

on January 16, 2014
“5 Broken Cameras” wins Palestine’s first Emmy Media Roundup
Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada

“5 Broken Cameras” wins Palestine’s first Emmy

Emad Burnat's 5 Broken Cameras took the prize for best documentary at the International Emmy Awards in New York City on Monday evening. "It's a big honor to be the first Palestinian to win an Emmy award," Burnat told the elite industry crowd in his acceptance speech.

on November 28, 2013