"I saw in the film what reading the paper cannot communicate. It feels more personal."

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Festival Programme, 2014

Taking place between the 3rd – 16th December, the Bristol Palestine Film Festival promises the compelling and thought provoking works by established and emerging film-makers and artists…

Speakers, 2014

Cafe style conversations, Q&As and facilitated discussions, find out more about the artists, researchers and directors attending in 2014…

About Us

The aim of our programme is to focus on the plurality of the Palestinian experience as illustrated through film and other art forms. We hope to provide a platform for Palestinian cinema, art and culture in the South West, whilst featuring works from international directors and artists…

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Gaza Calling + Land of the Brave + Gaza1920s + Skype Q&A

Samer lives in Ramallah in the West Bank. His family lives in Gaza, one hour away. They have not seen each other for six years. When Mustafa went for a visit to Gaza in 2006, he was 18 years old. He was never allowed to return…

Cinema Palestine + Q&A

CINEMA PALESTINE is feature length documentary that explores the life and work of multiple generations of Palestinian filmmakers and media artists.

Duma + Skype Q&A

Duma documents Arab women who dare to reveal the sexual abuse they endured in their close circle of family and friends. Together they aim to break the systems of silence which were imposed by family and society.

In conversation with Hind Shoufani

Hind Shoufani is a Palestinian writer and filmmaker residing in Dubai. Born in Lebanon, and raised in Amman, Beirut and Damascus, she has been working with written media and audiovisual industries for the past 15 years.

Fire Lines + SHORT

In December 2010, a forest fire in Mount Carmel near Haifa became the deadliest natural disaster in Israel’s history. Over twenty countries responded to the call for help, including, to the surprise of many, the Palestinian Civil Defence…

Shebabs of Yarmouk + MIG + QA

In Yarmouk (Syria), the Shebabs, a small group of boys & girls, have been friends since they were teens. Now on the eve of adulthood, they have a genuine thirst for life, while being all confronted to intricate situations.

FRINGE EVENT: Bethlehem: Hidden from View

Bethlehem: Hidden from View is a film about the strangling and imprisonment of the little town of Bethlehem and its impact on the local Christian community.

Hunger Strike

This Al Jazeera Arabic/Focus film is about the experiences of Israeli-held Palestinian political prisoners on an open hunger strike to obtain better detention conditions.

Forbidden Pilgrimage + Q&A

An examination of the ways in which Christian holy sites, pilgrimages, and tourism in Palestine are effected by Israeli policies.

Omar + Intro

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood…

Saken + Short

In 1980 a young 18-year-old Palestinian fighter called Ibrahim Salameh left his family in Kuwait to join those fighting for Palestinian freedom in Lebanon. Two years after joining the fighters, Ibrahim was shot while on duty leading to his paralysis, ending his dream of being part of the revolution…

Salt of this Sea + Skype Q&A

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Omar Screening @ Bath Film Festival

This Oscar-nominated Palestinian film captures the very essence of the conflict that has festered and grown over the last 65 years. Omar is a young Palestinian who is part of the fight against what he and his countrymen regard as the illegal occupation of their land. An Israeli soldier is killed and Omar is captured.

Cinema Palestine

In this post Tim Schwab discusses his inspiration for the making the film ‘Cinema Palestine’ and touches on some of the deeper transnational themes that he explores in his documentary.

War Matador

In January 2009, during the war in Gaza, two courageous Israeli directors grabbed their cameras to shoot material along the common border. They film everyone, in every situation, with the same distance and the same closeness, the same empathy…