Cultural Media have announced the 2015 Palestinian Film Festival program in Australia. The Festival is visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and for the first time, Perth.
It's a terrific program, full of gems like (Paradise Now and Omar director) Hany-Abu Assad's The Idol, which tells the true story of Palestine’s first pop celebrity, Mohammed Assaf who rose to fame after his victory in Arab Idol, and Palestinian cartoonist Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan's The Wanted 18, a documentary animation that "seamlessly combines the comic and the tragically absurd ... mapping the story of non-violent resistance during the first intifada and how 18 cows came to be declared “dangerous for the security of the state of Israel”."
We are also looking forward very much to seeing Leila Sansour's Open Bethlehem. We think the Open Bethlehem campaign is wonderful - we especially love their Bethlehem Passports :) - and we've been looking forward to an Australian screening of the film for a while.
Here's dates and details:
Sydney - Palace Norton Street:
- Friday, 20th of November, 2015 6.30pm: Love, Theft and Other Entanglements, In Overtime; 8.30pm Degrade, Gaza From Within: Return to Seifa Village
Melbourne - The Kino CinemasCanberra - Palace Electric Cinema
- Saturday, 21st of November, 2015 5:00pm: Love, Theft and Other Entanglements; In Overtime
- Letters from Al Yarmouk, Transit Game
- Friday, 27th of November, 2015: 7pm The Idol
Perth - Cinema Paradiso
- Saturday, 5th of December 2015: 6.30pm Eyes of a Thief
If any Archive volunteers or Education Officers are attending sessions drop us a line over on the Archive's Facebook page so we can meet up.
Finally: We know we say this every year but it's worth repeating:
Thank you again to Cultural Media :)
We know how much time, effort, money and love goes into organizing this event, and we want them to know we appreciate it more than we can say.