If you can, do go along to the Palestinian Film Festival now screening in three Australian states. There are some extraordinary movies showing until mid November 2009, and we'd love you to see as many as possible! Archive staff in particular recommend "Heart of Jenin".
Here's the press release for the Festival:
After a hugely successful inaugural season, the Palestinian Film Festival returns for its second year, this time expanding into venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Featuring internationally acclaimed, award-winning films, the festival continues with its mission to reflect the lives, stories and culture of Palestinians beyond the politics that are often focused on by the media.You'll find more info plus screening times in each city on the Festival's website :).
Opening the festival this year is the 2009 Cannes selected film The Time That Remains, written and directed by celebrated filmmaker Elia Suleiman. Also featured is the stunning Pomegranates and Myrrh, directed by Najwa Najjar, which screened at Sundance earlier this year to critical and popular acclaim, and a special screening of the first Palestinian animation film Fatenah (director: Ahmad Habash). Popular films from the documentary program include the hit Slingshot Hip Hop (director: Jackie Reem Salloum) and the hopeful and tender The Heart of Jenin (directors: Lior Geller, Markus Vetter) which has caused passionate debate around the world.
The 2009 program consists of an exciting and diverse range of features, documentaries, animations and short films, all of which are certain to entertain and enrich audiences from all cultural backgrounds
(logo: courtesy Palestinian Film Festival)