Journalism Under Siege

Posted: March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

April 2, Park Auditorium, 7 pm

The War Around Us follows two Al Jazeera reporters as they find themselves to be the only international reporters in Gaza during the Israeli assault Operation Cast Lead.   


Economic Immobility in Gaza

Posted: March 20, 2013 in The Films

economic immobility poster

Two short documentaries will be shown on the first night of the festival, April 1 in Textor 103 at 7 pm.

Gaza: Tunnels to Nowhere takes a closer look at the importance of the elaborate tunnel system running from Gaza to Egypt smuggling necessary goods, and those risking their lives to dig them.

Doors to the Sea brings the Siege on Gaza into light by interviewing fishermen and capturing their daily struggles while they try to make a living.

(Im)mobility in Palestine

Posted: March 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Monday April 1 – Economic immobility in Gaza – Textor 103 at 7pm                                                                          Doors to the Sea / Gaza: Tunnels to Nowhere

Tuesday April 2 – Journalism Under Siege – Park Auditorium at 7pm                                                                  The War Around Us

Wednesday April 3 – Women Refugees Rise – Textor 103 at 7pm                                                                    Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh

Saturday April 6 – Unbroken Witness to Resistance – Cinemapolis at 4pm                                                            5 Broken Cameras

Sunday April 7 – Love Under Siege – Cinemapolis at 4pm                                                                                   Habibi

The theme of the festival this year is MOBILITY.

The festival will be from March 31- April 7th

We have almost finalized the list of films for the festival. These are the films we know will be part of the festival:

1) 5 Broken Cameras – a “first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son”

2) Gaza: Tunnels to Nowhere – “Gaza: Tunnels to Nowhere takes viewers into the highly secret tunnels through which necessary goods are smuggled between Gaza and Egypt, and also into the homes and lives of the tunnel workers, and their families.”

3) Doors to the Sea – This film explores “the experience of Gaza’s fishers under siege, confronted by Israeli warships, sharp restrictions on their areas for fishing, and the political, military and economic siege on Gaza.”

4) Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh – “After the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Ein El Hilweh refugee camp was destroyed and its men imprisoned. “The Kingdom of Women” documents the community and organizing spirit of the women during this period.”

Check in again soon about the festival schedule and to see trailers of the films.

Pomegranates and Myrrh

Najwa Najjar’s feature films follows a Palestinian dancer who struggles with wanting to follow her dreams and being a good wife to her imprisoned husband. Najjar reveals the emotional challenges faced by the wife of a Palestinian prisoner.

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Degrees of Incarceration

Since 1967, 600,000 Palestinians have gone to prison. Director Amahl Bishara, a professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, decided to document the families of the prisoners. She believes that understanding the psychological impact of imprisonment on families is essential for understanding the social dynamics of Palestinian communities. Through observational footage and interviews of people living in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Degrees of Incarceration tells the story of a mother whose sixteen year old son has been imprisoned and a youth organization that has resisted the imprisonment of their community members and created a play that teaches children how to handle interrogation. Bishara documents the scope and depth of the psychological effects of political imprisonment on Palestinian society.

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With Blood Bidam

Juliana Fredman and Dan O’Reilly Row followed men and women in Gaza and the West Bank trying to receive healthcare. Spanning seven months, the filmmakers offer an alternative view to the daily struggles of Palestinians. Through military checkpoints, dangerous bypass routes, over mountains, and through olive groves, medics’, ambulance drivers’, and doctors’ struggles to give adequate care to the Palestinian people. Fredman and O’Reilly-Rowe document a form of resistance that is most often ignored.

Image  —  Posted: March 29, 2012 in The Films