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Can culture help end conflict?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in News

Can culture help end conflict?

Festival director and co-founder will be reflecting on the past six years of Bristol Palestine Film Festival, telling some stories about the films, showing a rare selection of films…

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Tickets on Sale: Bristol Palestine Film Festival, 2016

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in News

Tickets on Sale: Bristol Palestine Film Festival, 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.

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A Flickering of Truth

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in News, Other events

A Flickering of Truth

What happens when the leaders of your country set out to destroy your film history and culture? A Flickering of Truth is an award winning documentary about a group of Afghans in search of the films they secretly buried during Taliban rule and their determination to restore a hidden past. While archivists and historians in the West battle to restore decaying films, under Taliban rule, archivists in Afghanistan were forced to burn the country’s films or face the death penalty. Determined to preserve Afghanistan’s history and culture, Ibrahim Airy, along with his colleagues buried and hid as many films as he could before leaving the country in exile. Director Pietra Brettkelly follows Arify on a journey to find the hidden films and reorganise this rich and unique culture and history for future generations to come. Competition Win two tickets to see A Flickering of Truth at the Watershed on Saturday 30th July at 13:40, by sharing this post on Facebook. Film details Date: Sat 30 July 13:40 Venue: Watershed, Bristol Director: Pietra Brettkelly Cast: Ibrehim Arif, Mahmoud Ghafouri, Isaaq YousifSubtitled. 96 mins, 2015, New Zealand / Afghanistan Ticket prices: £6.50 full / £4.50 concessions and under 24s. The screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with director Pietra Brettkelly led by South West Silent’s Co-Director & Curator Rosie Taylor. This film is being shown as part of the Watershed’s Cinema Rediscovered week. This event celebrates great films back on the big screen and gives audiences an opportunity to discover – or re-discover – new digital restorations, film print rarities of early cinema, and contemporary...

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Chronicle of a Disappearance

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Featured, Impact of Conflict, 2015, News

Chronicle of a Disappearance

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.

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Bristol Palestine Film Festival Returns

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in News

Bristol Palestine Film Festival Returns

The Bristol Palestine Film Festival returns with a range of compelling, urgent and at times devastating features and documentaries looking at life both inside and outside of Palestine. This year features work from Palestinian directors living in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Dubai and the Unites States. Topics touched on by these director’s are varied and diverse and include the struggle of Gaza’s people to stay connected with friends and family, the attempts to break down the systems of silence that surround the sexual abuse of women in Arab society and the campaign to keep Bethlehem open to the world. We are delighted that we will be hearing from many of the filmmakers either via Skype or in person. Some of the highlights include Saturday’s screening of Duma, a powerful documentary from Palestinian director Abeer Zeibak Haddad and one of the first films ever made to explore the sexual abuse of women in Arab society. On Sunday we have the UK premier of Saken, an intimate documentary capturing the reflections of Ibrahim Salameh who was paralysed while fighting for Palestinian liberation in the 1980s. Annemarie Jacir returns as for the second year running with a screening of Salt of this Sea, the first full-length feature film to be directed by a female Palestinian director, it’s a devastating portrait of life in Palestine which follows Brooklyn woman Soraya (Suheir Hammad), who travels to the West Bank and Israel to recover her roots. Annemarie Jacir will join us after the screening for a Skype Q&A. The festival closes with the launch of Open Bethlehem, an international campaign to keep Bethlehem open to the world. Director Leila Sansour will be here to introduce the screening and answer questions. As well as the screenings and events at Watershed,Bristol Palestine Film Festival also takes place across Bristol with events in the Cube and Easton Community Cinema. For full details of the programme please...

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Omar Screening @ Bath Film Festival

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in News, Other events

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.

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War Matador

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in News, Other events

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…

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Support our Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in News

Support our Crowdfunding Campaign

This year we are raising funds to work with with Award-winning Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, and engage over 1500 people in the festival. Our innovative programme will look at some of the defining films of Palestinian Cinema, plus the latest releases. But we cannot do this without you. Our crowdfunding campaign is now live.  Statistics, show that projects which reach 10% of their target within the first three days are more likely to be successful. With are on track to raise £2000.00 but not without your support. You can find out more about the campaign from the link below, please do donate or share this link with others. http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bristol-palestine-film-festival-2014/ Thank-you for all your support over the past three...

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Our Souls are Palestinian

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in News, Other events

Our Souls are Palestinian

Screening at Encounters Short Film Festival http://encounters-festival.org.uk Our Souls Are Palestinian is a programme of short artists film works which look at Palestine from various perspectives, external, embedded and provocative. The two films which anchor this programme are ‘They Do Not Exist’ by Mustafa Abu Ali  (1974) and ‘Future Archaeology’ (2009/10) by Armin Linke & Francesco Mattuzzi (part of the project Decolonizing Architecture). They Do Not Exist – Mustafa Abu Ali – 1974 – 25mins – B&W – Sound The Story of Milk and Honey – Basma Al-Sharif – 2011- 10mins – Colour – Sound Dirty Pictures – John Smith – 2007 – 14mins – Colour – Sound This Mined Land of Ours – Mirna Bamieh – 2012 – 2mins- Colour – Sound Future Archaeology – Armin Linke & Francesco Mattuzzi – 2009/10 – 19mins – 3D Colour – Sound Running Time : 70 mins Book tickets...

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Submissions 2014

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in News

Submissions 2014

Our annual festival takes place in December 2014. If you are interested in submitting your film to the festival we would like to hear from you.

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