Festival Programme, 2017

The Bristol Palestine Film Festival returns to Watershed for its seventh year in December. With features and shorts, both fiction and documentary, our rich programme provides unique insight into life in and around Palestine, told through the eyes of both Palestinian and international filmmakers.

Our fiery opening musical drama, Junction 48, stars Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar (playing a fictionalised version of himself), as he takes us into the world of a big-dreaming Palestinian musician living in Israel. Join us afterwards at Exchange for an evening with London-based 47SOUL, whose Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) sounds make a much-anticipated visit to Bristol. (Get tickets here).

We pick up again on Saturday evening with Personal Affairs, a comic portrait of domestic discontent and familial frustration set against the political realities of daily life between Palestine and Israel.

Sunday’s line-up includes poignant documentary Off Frame aka Revolution Until Victory, which weaves together found and archival footage to trace the tumultuous history of Palestine and Palestinian filmmaking. In the timeliness of its release, the film highlights the many important anniversaries that 2017 holds for the Palestine Question. Our Watershed weekend closes with In Between, which brilliantly depicts the lives of three women in Palestine and their struggle to balance aspirations for unfettered freedom with the restrictions imposed on them by their families and their country.

Beyond Watershed, look out for our other December screenings and youth events around Bristol.

  • Wednesday 6th December, 2017

    Speed Sisters
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Windmill Pub, Windmill Hill, 14 Windmill Hill, Bristol BS3 4LU
    The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could. →More
  • Thursday 7th December, 2017

    Stitching Palestine
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Palestine Museum
    Using the theme of traditional Palestine embroidery, the film stitches together the stories of 12 strong Palestinian women – many of whom are living in exile – who use embroidered pieces to share memories of their homeland. →More
  • Friday 8th December, 2017

    Junction 48
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: The Watershed
    Hip-hop beats are at the heart of this provocative and fiery musical drama starring Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar as a fictionalized version of himself (Kareem). When family tragedy strikes, Kareem realises he must make a decision – to take his life and situation seriously, or to carry on as he always has and risk losing everything. →More
  • Friday 8th December, 2017

    Time: 8:30 pm
    Venue: Exchange 72 - 73 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EJ
    Palestinian rooted, London-based hip-hop group 47SOUL will be performing at The Exchange on Friday 8 December. Their energetic Electro Arabic Dabke ‘ShamStep’ sound and powerful lyrics in English and Arabic has rapidly amassed an international fan base. The lasting impact of each show is testament to their growing popularity and respected presence in the underground music scene. →More
  • Saturday 9th December, 2017

    Personal Affairs + Occupied Skies
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: The Watershed
    The debut feature from writer/director Maha Haj that gives a bitingly comic treatment to the lives and dissatisfactions of a Palestinian family across three generations. Showing with the short Occupied Skies. →More
  • Sunday 10th December, 2017

    Off Frame (aka Revolution Until Victory) + Shujayya
    Time: 2:30 pm
    Venue: The Watershed
    An assured debut documentary from Ramallah-based director Mohanad Yaqubi. Drawing on recently discovered and archival found-footage it explores the fraught history of Palestine and Palestinian filmmaking. Showing with the shirt ShujayyaMore
  • Sunday 10th December, 2017

    In Between
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Venue: The Watershed
    Maysaloun Hamoud’s spiky, compelling debut feature is an eye-opening portrait of three strong, independent minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Showing with the short Izriqaq. →More
  • Sunday 10th December, 2017

    Epicly Palestine’d
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: The Greenbank
    From Qalqilya to Bethlehem via Ramallah, the film follows six skateboarders as they pursue their passion for skating despite limited infrastructure, equipment and travel, as well as facing the challenges of living under military occupation. →More
  • Monday 11th December, 2017

    Holy Air + Izriqaq
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: The Cube
    Adam (writer/director Shady Srour) and Lamia (Laëtitia Eïdo) are a Christian Arab couple from Nazareth – members of a vanishing minority in the Holy Land. When Lamia becomes pregnant, Adam decides he has to get serious about providing for his family. He embarks on his riskiest business venture to date: bottling holy air and selling it to the city’s tourists.  →More

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