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04/09- [UK] Bristol Palestine Film Festival 2018 (film)

Celebrating Palestinian Film, Arts and Culture

04/09 Dicembre 2018


Now in its eighth year, the Bristol Palestine Film Festival is back this December with an amazing range of fictional features, documentaries and short films.

Surprising, moving, tragic or funny, these films bring audiences new and unexpected insights into the lives of ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances, and have been chosen to provoke deep thought and discussion. We are delighted to welcome guest filmmakers and commentators who add contextual depth to the programme, including: Ramallah-based director, Muayad Alayan; co-founder of Medical Aid for Palestinians, Dr Swee Ang; and internationally renowned playwright, David Hare.

Don't miss out on a week of a wonderful variety of Palestinian films at venues across Bristol. Keep reading to find out more, or visit the BPFF website.

Gaza Surf Club
Tuesday 4th December – The Palestine Museum
Gaza Surf Club is a documentary showing at Bristol's Palestine Museum at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd December. In this ravishing film we meet the surfers of Gaza, a group of young men and women who find their freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean, away from the depressing reality of living under blockade in “the world’s biggest open air prison”. The museum cafe will be open prior to the screening serving authentic vegetarian Palestinian food.
Ticket will be available on the door, £5 standard and £3 concession.

Naila and the Uprising
Wednesday 5th December – The Palestine Museum

The second film of the festival is a documentary showing at the Palestine Museum at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th December. When a nationwide uprising breaks out in 1987 in Gaza, Naila Ayesh must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining the vibrant, nonviolent mobilisation of the First Intifada.
Ticket will be available on the door, £6 standard and £3 concession.

In Between
Wednesday 5th December – Windmill pub

In Between, will be shown at The Windmill pub in Bedminster at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th December. This empowering film follows the lives of three strong Palestinian women in Tel Aviv, aspiring to lead independent lives, away from their families whilst 'in-between' the restrictions imposed on them by their country.

This event is free but donations welcomed. To reserve your seat email: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.

Thursday 6th December – Watershed

On Thursday 6th December at 6.30pm, the star of Wall, two-time Oscar nominee, David Hare, joins us for a screening and Q&A at Watershed. The film is an animated documentary, exploring the impact that the wall separating Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories has had on the people in the region. Rich with rhythmic, raw imagery, the film is framed by Hare’s journey, as both his heart and mind are shaken by the incongruities and contradictions of life in the shadow of the wall.
£10 full / £8 conc / £5 for 24 & under

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
Friday 7 December – Watershed

Then at 8.30pm on Friday 7th December at Watershed, a film following Sarah, an Israeli who runs a café in West Jerusalem, and Saleem, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem who works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the Director, Muayad Alayan.
£10 full / £8 conc / £5 for 24 & under

Team Gaza
Friday 7th December – The Cube

Team Gaza, showing at 8pm on Friday 7th December at The Cube, is a documentary following the lives of four young people united by football, daring to dream of a better future in Gaza. Their football team is the only place where they can forget about everything. Outside of the football pitch, they pray and they fight for a better future, despite the hardships in war-torn Gaza.
£5 full / £4 conc

New Palestinian Shorts
Saturday 8th December – Palestine Museum

On Saturday 8th December at 2pm, The Palestine Museum is screening a curated collection of some of the best short films to emerge from Palestine this year including drama, documentary and animation. Delicious, vegetarian Palestinian food will be available to purchase from the museum cafe.
Ticket will be available on the door, £6 standard and £3 concession.

The Insult
Saturday 8th December – Watershed

Watershed will be screening Oscar-nominated, The Insult on Saturday 8th December at 5.30pm. In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court, as all around the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon.
£10 full / £8 conc / £5 for 24 & under

There will be a second screening of The Insult on Sunday 9th December at 7:30 at Curzon Cinema and Arts in Clevedon. 
£7.80 full / £6.20 conc / £5.50 under 25

Saturday 8th December – The Cube

The Cube, will be screening Wajib at 8pm on Saturday 8th December. Wajib follows Shadi as he returns to Nazareth for his sister’s wedding and despite a strained relationship, agrees to help his father hand-deliver the invitations to each guest, as per local Palestinian custom. The film will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with the Director, Annemarie Jacir. This beautifully observed comedy drama about the simmering tension between father and son has won multiple awards.
£5 full / £4 conc

Killing Gaza
Sunday 9th December – Watershed

Killing Gaza, screening at 2.40pm on Sunday 9th December at Watershed is a documentary on Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza. Independent journalists, Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen, turned a camera onto the survivors to let them speak for themselves and tell their acts of creative resistance. After the film there will be a talk by Dr Swee Ang, co-founder of the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians.
£8 full / £5 conc

What Walaa Wants
Sunday 9th December – Watershed

What Walaa Wants is a documentary screening at 5.40pm at Watershed on Sunday 9th December. Raised in a West Bank refugee camp while her mother was in prison, Walaa is determined to be a policewoman on the Palestinian Security Forces. This intimate documentary follows Walaa from aged 15 to 21, revealing the exuberant energy of its subject and a first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy.
£10 full / £8 conc / £5 for 24 & under

Tel Aviv on Fire
Sunday 9th December – The Cube

The final film of Bristol Palestine Film Festival will be Tel Aviv on Fire, screening at The Cube, at 8pm on Sunday 9th December. The comedy follows Salam, an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera. Arrested at a checkpoint, he deceives Israeli commander Assi, into thinking that he is a writer on the show. Squeezed between the Israeli officer and the Palestinian backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final masterstroke.
£5 full / £4 conc

The first Bristol Palestine Film Festival was held in 2011, launched by the acclaimed film-maker Ken Loach, who remains the festival’s patron. Since then, the event has screened more than 50 films and welcomed more than 2,000 attenders. Hosted by the Watershed, the aim of the festival is to deepen public understanding of Palestinian society and forge links between the Palestinian communities represented on screen, and the audiences watching them in Bristol.


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