The Venezuelan Institute Of Culture & Cooperation presents the inaugural Palestinian Film and Arts Festival, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
There will be an Art Exhibition opened from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm daily.
Here's the Film Schedule:
Mon Nov 13th
Launch of Film and Arts Festival
By invitation only
Tue Nov 14th
Public Lecture and Discussion by Dr. Daud Abdullah
Dr. Daud Abdullah is a Grenadian living in the United Kingdom and Director of the Middle East Monitor.
Shujayya by Mohammad AlMughani
Synopsis: Shujayya looks at the impact of Israel’s assaults on Gaza on a single family in the neighbourhood of Shujaya.
Wed Nov 15th
Palestine: The Reality by Karl Sabbagh
Synopsis: Palestine: The Reality is a very personal documentary on the document which left devastating consequences in the Middle East. Sabbagh describes the film as an attempt to reveal the truth, as set out in official documents, memoirs and writings by the people involved. The documentary concludes with a revised ‘Balfour Declaration’ pledging the same rights to Palestinians as were given to Jews 100 years ago.
Let Me Stand Alone by Rouba Atiyeh
Synopsis: Let Me Stand Alone borrows its name from the book assembling Rachel Corrie’s writings, that was published after her tragic death in Gaza. The film retells the story of a woman who has always seemed to live in parallel worlds, who was never at peace with the system, and who had foretells a very different ending to her life. It is only her heroic death that made her the protagonist of another story.
The Promise - Episode 1 by Peter Kosminksy
Synopsis: Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend, Eliza, she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len. Intrigued by the life of this man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in Palestine. Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life - for Jews and Arabs - in this troubled land. And as Len's story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed in the 1940s. Retracing Len's steps in modern-day Israel, Erin sets out on a heart-breaking journey in an effort to fulfill a promise made by her grandfather over 60 years ago.
Thu Nov 16th
The Promise - Episodes 2 and 3 by Peter Kosminksy
Fri Nov 17th
The Promise - Episode 4 by Peter Kosminksy
The Shrouds of Darkness by Mohammad Salah Farhan
Synopsis: A film inspired by the novel "The Shrouds of Darkness" by Walid Al-Hodali, who spent 14 years as a political prisoner. The film examines some interrogation techniques, the most dangerous of which is the Canaries Technique, which the Israeli Shabak has been using to deceive and entrap resistance fighters during interrogation.
Sat Nov 18th
Just Like Us
Synopsis: Palestinian high school students in Nazareth, Israel, talk about hobbies, friends, school, and hopes for the future. The film looks to break down stereotypes, and address issues of inequalities.
Moving Freely, Nablus
Synopsis: Moving Freely, Nablus is about young people from Askar UNWRA school in Askar Refugee Camp, talk about their lives and teach the Dabke dance - a traditional Palestinian
My Name is Saleh
Synopsis: My Name is Saleh was filmed in Hebron. In the film, 10 year old Saleh talks about his life and the obstacles he faces on a daily basis. It is a film that will resonate with everyone who sees it and the hope is that it will be shared widely by all groups concerned about human rights and justice in Palestine.
Where the Birds Fly by Fida Qishta
Synopsis: Where Should The Birds Fly is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestinians. The film is a visual documentation of the Goldstone Report. But it is so much more. It reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humour that flourishes among the people of Gaza. Few films document so powerfully and personally the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population.
Empty Desert by Silvia Baorini and Linda Paganell
Synopsis: The struggle of Negev (Naqab) Bedouins for their place on the map. Negev (Naqab), southern Israel, Al Araqib has been demolished countless times by state authorities and each time rebuilt by the Al Turi families who call it their home. Empty Desert follows Al Araqib's fight for recognition and through interviews with the Al Turi, activists, academics and state authorities documents the wider struggle of Negev Bedouins to see their rights as full citizens recognized by Israel.
Elegy to Mamilla by Sarah Beddington
Synopsis: The Islamic cemetery in Mamilla, or Ma’man Allah, is an unmarked location next to a shopping mall in the western, Israeli part of Jerusalem. It is an important historical site which dates back over eight centuries and was in use as the burial place for the main dignitaries of the city until the beginning of the British Mandate in the early 1920s. Figures including sheikhs, imams from Al-Aqsa Mosque, governors of the city, scholars and military leaders from the time of Saladin onwards were all laid to rest here. Since the creation of Israel in 1948, little of the original cemetery land remains - the majority being cleared to create Independence Park. In the northwest corner the construction began of a building complex named ‘Center for Human Dignity - Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem’. Funded by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the U.S., the project has caused strong international and local protest. Many hundreds of skeletons have been exhumed and removed and their whereabouts remain unknown despite pleas from descendants and the Islamic council for their return. Building work has been suspended for some years but is due to resume soon. Elegy to Mamilla is a quiet reflection on the cemetery area juxtaposed with footage of the construction site, and goes from daylight through to dusk while the sound incorporates a reading by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Abu Hashhash of the remaining tomb inscriptions.
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Admission is free.
Venue: Venezuelan Institute Of Culture & Cooperation, Coconut Court, Hastings, Christ Church