Impact of Conflict, 2015

Tuesday 3 March to Sunday 22 March

We are delighted to announce the following season of Palestinian films selected by award winning director Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You, Salt of this Sea) and shown at the Watershed , Bristol and The Courtyard, HerefordThis compilation is delivered as part of the BFI funded project called Conversations About Cinema.

In what is now the world’s longest running conflict, this season explores its many repercussions and the multiple ways it has been presented in Palestinian cinema. As Annemarie Jacir says:

“As a Palestinian, almost everything about our life is so politicised. When you are constantly being blocked or working under intense restrictions such as occupation, you need to find creative responses. This creativity is perhaps one of the hallmarks of Palestinian cinema right now, and is reflected in these four films.”

Biographies for the speakers from this series of events can be found on the Impact of Conflict Speakers page.

To book tickets click on the event links below  and consult the “How To Book” section.

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Programme
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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

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