Film

Farah Nabulsi: Filmmaker Palestinian Profiles
Linda Mamoun, IMEU

Farah Nabulsi: Filmmaker

Farah Nabulsi, the daughter of a Palestinian mother and Palestinian-Egyptian father, grew up on a quiet street in London. A banker for many years with JP Morgan and then the founder of a private business, Nabulsi decided to leave the business world after a trip to Palestine in 2013. The systematized oppression and humiliation of Israel’s military occupation was something Nabulsi didn’t understand on her trips to Palestine from London as a child.

on May 15, 2017
Film Recreates Notorious Israeli Detention Centre News Roundup
Zineb Abdessadok, Al Jazeera

Film Recreates Notorious Israeli Detention Centre

In his award-winning documentary Ghost Hunting, director Raed Andoni brings a group of former Palestinian prisoners to an empty warehouse in Ramallah and asks them to rebuild...

on March 1, 2017
Palestinian Wins Berlinale Award With Documentary on Israeli Prison News Roundup
DPA and Nirit Anderman, Haaretz

Palestinian Wins Berlinale Award With Documentary on Israeli Prison

Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni won Saturday the Berlinale's first-ever Silver Bear for best documentary for "Istiyad Ashbah" ("Ghost Hunting"), in which former inmates reenact events...

on February 18, 2017
Director Mai Masri Explores Occupation, Incarceration in 3,000 Nights Film
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Director Mai Masri Explores Occupation, Incarceration in 3,000 Nights

Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri’s debut feature, 3,000 Nights, is Jordan's submission to this year's Academy Awards, and was Palestine's submission to the Golden Globes. Masri is an acclaimed documentarian whose films have received over 60 international awards, and is considered a pioneer in the changing Middle Eastern film landscape.

on January 11, 2017
Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes News Roundup
Majeda El-Batsh, AFP

Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes

Israeli Arab rapper Tamer Nafar's politically-charged lyrics have sparked the same kind of controversy that may have made his hero Tupac Shakur proud. Nafar, from the pioneering political rap group DAM, has touched a nerve with songs like "Who's the Terrorist?" skewering what he and others say is discrimination against Arabs in Israel.

on November 27, 2016
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