Event Archive

Here you will find a chronological list of all past events which we have organised. For a list of all the past festivals and special projects see the Programme Archive page.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 30th July, 2016

    A Flickering of Truth
    Time: 1:40 pm
    Venue: Watershed
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  • Monday 7th December, 2015

    Speed Sisters
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Little Theatre Cinema, 1-2 St. Michaels Place, Bath, BA1 1SF
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  • Sunday 22nd March, 2015

    Chronicle of a Disappearance
    Time: 3:45 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    In an investigation of the twilight zone between narrative, history and autobiography, Chronicle of a Disappearance is a deceptively simple drama representing a highly personal return home. Through his quasi-aimless roaming’s the director explores what the he perceives as a loss of national identity in the Arab population of Israel as the film itself moves between documentary, fiction, reminiscence and present. →More
  • Sunday 22nd March, 2015

    Return to Haifa with introduction by Monica Maura
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Kasem Hawal’s adaptation of the Ghassan Kanafani novella. The film tells of Safia and Saeed, who are forced to leave their 5 month old son Khaldoun in the city of Haifa when they are expelled in April 1948. Twenty years on the couple are able to travel to Haifa. They discover that Khaldoun was adopted by Jewish immigrants arriving in 1948, and – now 20 – has recently enlisted in the Israeli army. →More
  • Sunday 15th March, 2015

    Villa Touma followed by a discussion with director Suha Arraf
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Three Palestinian Christian sisters who’ve lost their land and status due to the 1967 war with Israel aren’t able to face the painful new reality that’s been imposed on them, so they lock themselves away in their big house and continue to live in a time warp. Within the villa’s crumbling walls, the sisters live in their own personal bubbles, each with her own secrets, dreams and failed love story, hidden behind a mask of manners and propriety. →More
  • Saturday 14th March, 2015

    Villa Touma
    Time: 6:15 pm
    Venue: Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
    Three Palestinian Christian sisters who’ve lost their land and status due to the 1967 war with Israel aren’t able to face the painful new reality that’s been imposed on them, so they lock themselves away in their big house and continue to live in a time warp. Their young niece walks into their lives and turns their world upside down. →More
  • Saturday 14th March, 2015

    Poetry, Prose and Palestine with Annemarie Jacir and Selma Dabbagh
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Selma Dabbagh is a London based British Palestinian writer of novels, short stories and plays. Her first novel, Out of It, (Bloomsbury, 2011) is set between Gaza, London and the Gulf and has been voted Guardian Book of the Year. Selma also works as a lawyer. Annemarie Jacir is an award-winning director, poet and activist currently living between Palestine and Jordan. →More
  • Friday 13th March, 2015

    When I Saw You, with Annemarie Jacir Q&A
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Waterhed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Jordan, 1967. Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees to pour across the border from Palestine. longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. When I Saw You is the story of people affected by the times around them, in search of something more in their lives. →More
  • Friday 13th March, 2015

    Twitter chat with Suha Arraf
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Venue: Twitter #convocinema
    Join the director of Villa Touma, Suha Arraf, in a live twitter chat on 12th March at 2pm use #convocinema. →More
  • Sunday 8th March, 2015

    Omar
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Venue: Venue: Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
    An Oscar-nominated love story set against the backdrop of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Omar is a charismatic young Palestinian who routinely climbs over the towering Israeli security wall to visit his friends. At once a tender love story and a cat-and-mouse thriller, Omar is a powerful tale about the moral choices being faced by both sides of a conflict that shows no signs of letting up. →More
  • Tuesday 3rd March, 2015

    Open Bethlehem, with Leila Sansour Q&A
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
    Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her hometown, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. She never wanted to return but this time she is making an exception. →More
  • Tuesday 16th December, 2014

    Open Bethlehem + Q&A
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation… →More
  • Monday 15th December, 2014

    FRINGE EVENT: Bethlehem: Hidden from View
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Arts House Café, 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
  • Thursday 11th December, 2014

    Forbidden Pilgrimage + Q&A
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Easton Community Cinema (Baggator), The Pickle Factory, 13 All Hallows Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0HH
    An examination of the ways in which Christian holy sites, pilgrimages, and tourism in Palestine are effected by Israeli policies. →More
  • Wednesday 10th December, 2014

    Hunger Strike + SHORTs
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Easton Community Cinema (Baggator), The Pickle Factory, 13 All Hallows Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0HH
    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. →More
  • Monday 8th December, 2014

    Fire Lines + SHORT
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Easton Community Cinema (Baggator), The Pickle Factory, 13 All Hallows Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0HH
    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… →More
  • Sunday 7th December, 2014

    Salt of this Sea + Skype Q&A
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Soraya, 28, born and raised in Brooklyn, decides to return to live in Palestine, the country her family was exiled from in 1948. She meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever… →More
  • Sunday 7th December, 2014

    Saken + Intro
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    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… →More
  • Sunday 7th December, 2014

    In conversation with Hind Shoufani
    Time: 11:00 am
    Venue: Watershed
    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. →More
  • Saturday 6th December, 2014

    Omar + Intro
    Time: 8:30 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    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… →More
  • Saturday 6th December, 2014

    FRINGE Event: Circus to Palestine Fundraiser
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: All Hallows Hall, Easton
    Dan Swank hosts Bristol’s finest, most prestigious and ever-so-serious interpretive dance competition. Wear your finest lycra and register your entry on the night, or come to share in the abundant love and joy of Bristol’s best expressionate dancing. →More
  • Saturday 6th December, 2014

    Duma + Skype Q&A
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    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. →More
  • Saturday 6th December, 2014

    Shebabs of Yarmouk + MIG + QA
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    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. →More
  • Friday 5th December, 2014

    Gaza Calling + Land of the Brave + Gaza1920s + Skype Q&A
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    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… →More
  • Wednesday 3rd December, 2014

    Cinema Palestine + Q&A
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Cube Microplex, Dove St, Bristol BS2 8JD
    CINEMA PALESTINE is feature length documentary that explores the life and work of multiple generations of Palestinian filmmakers and media artists. →More
  • Tuesday 18th November, 2014

    Omar Screening @ Bath Film Festival
    Time: 6:45 pm
    Venue: The Rondo, St. Saviours Road, Bath, BA1 6RT
    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. →More
  • Monday 3rd November, 2014

    War Matador
    Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 am
    Venue: The Cube, Dove St S, Avon, Bristol BS2 8JD
    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… →More
  • Wednesday 24th September, 2014

    Open Bethlehem (Exclusive)
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
    Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. She never wanted to return but this time she is making an exception. →More
  • Sunday 21st September, 2014

    Our Souls are Palestinian
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed
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  • Friday 30th May to Thursday 5th June, 2014

    Omar
    Venue:
    Watershed →More
  • Sunday 15th December, 2013

    Cinema Jenin: The story of a Dream
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: The Cube, BS2 8JD
    Cinema Jenin is an enlightening documentary account of a tightrope evasion of political, cultural and economic obstacles to resurrect a decrepit Palestinian cinema. →More
  • Tuesday 10th December, 2013

    Al Nakba
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Hamilton House, BS1 3QY
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  • Monday 9th December, 2013

    Gaza Lives On + Mind the Strip
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Hamilton House, BS1 3QY
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  • Sunday 8th December, 2013

    The Red Stone + Though I Know the River Is Dry + Director Q&A
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, BS1 5TX
    The Red Stone reveals the stories uncovered of Palestinians who are still deeply attached to their family houses, and unprecedented individual efforts to reclaim of the rights unlawfully taken… →More
  • Sunday 8th December, 2013

    A Month by the Sea with Dervla Murphy
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, BS1 5TX
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  • Sunday 8th December, 2013

    Apples of the Golan + The Kite that Caught the Mountain
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, BS1 5TX
    Apples of the Golan is the story of a village turned prison, full of rappers, rockers and regimes, salsa dancers, holy men and dead fish, traitors, lovers, freedom fighters and their heartbroken mothers all set to the background of the revolution… →More
  • Saturday 7th December, 2013

    Infiltrators + Sayadeen + Director Q&A
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, BS1 5TX
    This visceral ‘road movie’ chronicles the daily travails of Palestinians of all backgrounds as they seek routes through, under, around, and over the wall… →More
  • Friday 6th December, 2013

    When I Saw You (2012) + Director Q&A [Skype]
    Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, BS1 5TX
    A journey full of adventure, love, humour, and the desire to be free, this is a story about that moment in a person’s life when he wakes up and finds the whole world is open and everything is possible… →More
  • Friday 6th December, 2013

    Bristol Palestine Film Festival, 2013
    Venue:
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  • Friday 29th November, 2013

    Resistance Recipes
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Venue: Hamilton House, BS1 3QY
    Dasa Raimanova, film director (Resistance Recipes) will be preparing mouth-watering recipes inspired by what she learned in Palestine. Dasa will demonstrate how to cook a Palestinian traditional recipe in front of the audience and reveal some of the secrets she picked up during her stay in Palestine… →More
  • Friday 20th September, 2013

    Anis Barghouti screens at Encounters
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Venue: Watershed
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  • Friday 3rd May to Wednesday 15th May, 2013

    London Palestine Film Festival
    Venue:
    London →More
  • Tuesday 16th April to Tuesday 30th April, 2013

    Egypt Now
    Venue:
    Watershed →More
  • Wednesday 27th February, 2013

    To Shoot an Elephant
    Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Venue: Easton Community Centre
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  • Wednesday 23rd January, 2013

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY & MEDIA COURSE
    Venue:
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  • Wednesday 16th January to Saturday 19th January, 2013

    White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
    Venue:
    Bristol Old Vic →More
  • Sunday 16th December, 2012

    Busking to Gaza
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Arts House, BS1 3RU
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  • Sunday 16th December, 2012

    Free Running Bristol and Gaza
    Time: 12:45 pm
    Venue: The Park Centre, Daventry Road, Knowle, BS4 1DQ
    Free Running, Gaza depicts the thoughts and dreams behind the first Gaza Parkcour Team, an initiative of two 22–year–old friends, Mohammed al–Jakhbeer and Abdallah Enshsi. The short documentary is proceeded by the opportunity to try Free Running at the new park in Knowle West. →More
  • Thursday 13th December, 2012

    In less than 25 minutes…
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Hamilton House, BS1 3QY
    Cycled powered cinema, smoothies, and an evening of the latest short films on Palestine presented in partnership with Easton Energy Group. →More
  • Monday 10th December to Sunday 16th December, 2012

    Art and Photography Exhibition
    Venue:
    31/31a College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TB →More
  • Sunday 9th December, 2012

    Man without a Cellphone + The Choice
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Twenty-something Palestinian-Israeli Jawdat just wants to have fun with his friends, talk on his cellphone and find love. Instead, he navigates unconvincing dates with Muslim, Christian, and Jewish girls, and wrestles with the Hebrew college entrance exam. →More
  • Sunday 9th December, 2012

    Out of the Archive: A Case Study from Mandate Palestine
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX
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  • Saturday 8th December, 2012

    Habibi + Yala to the Moon
    Time: 9:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Inspired by the classical love story, ‘Majnun Layla’ (madly in love with Layla), Habibi is the story of a young Bedouin named Qays whose world is turned upside down when Layla’s father refuses to give his blessing for his daughter to marry Qays. →More
  • Saturday 8th December, 2012

    Writing a Path through Palestine
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Venue: Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX
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  • Saturday 8th December, 2012

    Behind the Making of The Color of Olives
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Venue: Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX
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  • Saturday 8th December, 2012

    The Color of Olives
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX
    Like many Palestinian families, the Amers live surrounded by the Separation Wall. Their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locks and a constant swarm of armed soldiers. Through a sensitive lens we discover the private world of all eight members of the family. →More
  • Friday 7th December to Thursday 13th December, 2012

    5 Broken Cameras + They Came in the Morning
    Venue:
    Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX Although he first bought a camera to film his the birth of his son, Emad Burnat begins to pay more attention to the chaotic scenes taking place in the beautiful landscape outside his house. →More
  • Wednesday 24th October, 2012

    Theatre and Conflict
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft Bristol, Avon BS1
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  • Monday 6th August, 2012

    From West Country to West Bank
    Venue: Arts Café, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU
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  • Thursday 24th May, 2012

    This is Not the Way: Jews, Judaism and the State of Israel
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Watershed
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  • Saturday 19th May, 2012

    Palestine Now
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed
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  • Tuesday 15th May, 2012

    You Can’t Hide the Sun: A Journey Through Palestine
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: St George’s Bristol
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  • Friday 20th April to Friday 4th May, 2012

    London Palestine Film Festival, 2012
    Venue:
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  • Wednesday 25th January, 2012

    Meet the Author – Selma Dabbagh “Out of It”
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Hydra Books, 34 Old Market, Bristol
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  • Friday 9th December, 2011

    Checkpoint
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Hamilton House
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  • Thursday 8th December, 2011

    Over the Wall + TALK Conor McCormack + Circus2Iraq
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: The Cube
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  • Tuesday 6th December, 2011

    My name is Ahlam + Missing
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed
    A beautifully crafted stop motion animation filmed by Jordanian film maker Tariq Rimawi. Missing opens a window into the effects of conflict on children, and the search for peace in the face of adversity. →More
  • Monday 5th December, 2011

    Journeys
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Hamilton House
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  • Sunday 4th December, 2011

    Amreeka + Eid
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed
    Eid is a Palestinian Bedouin living under Israeli occupation. Ever since he can remember, Eid has picked up scrap materials and turned them into art. By following Eid’s creative process, this film celebrates the optimism and integrity which enables him to transform the machinery of occupation into an artistic expression of individuality and hope. →More
  • Sunday 4th December, 2011

    Workshop: The Cinema of Absurdity
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed
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  • Sunday 4th December, 2011

    Women in the Stadium
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed
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  • Saturday 3rd December, 2011

    Jaffa: The Orange’s Clockwork
    Time: 7:45 pm
    Venue: Arnolfini
    Visually captivating and politically bold, this enticing new film by acclaimed filmmaker Eyal Sivan weaves a rich tapestry of stunning archival material and striking interviews to explore the entwined visual and political history of the Jaffa Orange →More
  • Saturday 3rd December, 2011

    Talk: Leila Sansour, Cathi Pawson and Honey Thaljieh
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed
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  • Friday 2nd December, 2011

    (No) Laughing Matter + Hassan Everywhere
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Watershed
    ‘Hassan Everywhere’ a moving tale of two young artists who share a vivid connection to their respective birthplaces Israel and Palestine and who’s passionate friendship, impossible at home, flourished abroad. →More
  • Thursday 1st December to Saturday 10th December, 2011

    Bristol Palestine Art and Photography Exhibition
    Venue:
    Hamilton House →More

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