Festival Programme, 2016

The Bristol Palestine Film Festival, now in its sixth year, returns with a range of documentaries and feature films (some never seen before in the UK) that provide a unique insight into life in Palestine, told through the stories of the people who live there.

The Festival kicks off on Fri 8 Dec with pitch-black comedy thriller Love, Theft and Other Entanglements, about a bumbling car thief who is having a very bad day. On Saturday we take a Trip Along Exodus, a look into 70 years of Palestinian history via the life of Dr Elias Shoufani, whose director daughter will be here for a Q&A afterwards.

Sunday starts with Oriented, an engrossing documentary that redefines what it means to be gay, Arab and living in Israel, and is followed by 3000 Nights, a poetic and raw allegory of freedom under occupation.

As well as the screenings at Watershed the Festival also takes place at other venues across Bristol, including the Baggator (The Pickle Factory) in Easton and The Arts House in Stokes Croft.

Visit the Speakers 2016 page for details about the people appearing at this years festival. For more information on booking tickets select an event below and the information is at the top of the page.


  • Friday 9th December, 2016

    Love, Theft and Other Entanglements + Ave Maria (short)
    Time: 8:45 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Mousa wants to get out of the Palestinian slums, so steals a car expecting a big payoff – but there’s an awful surprise in the trunk… →More
  • Saturday 10th December, 2016

    A Trip Along Exodus + Dir Q&A
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    An art house feature-length documentary exploring the last 70 years of Palestinian politics seen through the prism of the life of the filmmaker’s father, Dr. Elias Shoufani, a leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and an academic and leftist intellectual who was one of the leaders of the opposition to Arafat within Fatah for 20 years. →More
  • Saturday 10th December, 2016

    Hind Shoufani and Chai For Three
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Palestine Museum, 27 Broad St, Bristol BS1 2HG
    Shoufani’s poetry tackles issues of Palestine, freedom, feminist issues in the Arab world and promotes a different perspective on Arab women. Love, Lust, death and identity are main themes in the free verse poetry. →More
  • Sunday 11th December, 2016

    Oriented + In Overtime (short)
    Time: 12:45 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Oriented follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. Filmed in the lead-up to the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, this engrossing documentary from Jake Witzenfeld is, according to the Telegraph, “redefines what it means to be gay, Arab and living in Israel…” →More
  • Sunday 11th December, 2016

    3000 Nights + House (short)
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Inspired by a true story and shot in a real prison, 3000 Nights tells the story of a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher who is falsely arrested and incarcerated in an Israeli prison where she gives birth to her son. Through her struggle to raise her child behind bars, the film traces a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. →More
  • Sunday 11th December, 2016

    Speed Sisters + Journey of a Sofa
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Baggator, The Pickle Factory, 13 All Hallows Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0HH
    Want to meet Palestine’s first all-female race-car drivers? Marah, Betty, Maysoon, Khalid and Mona are the stars of this fast and furious documentary about the adrenalin-filled world of motor sports in the West Bank. →More
  • Monday 12th December, 2016

    Bethlehem: Hidden from View
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: The Arts House Cafe, 108A Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU.
    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. →More

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