From Director Jeni:
We nearly didn't make it to the Brisbane opening of the Palestinian Film Festival. The freeway was closed due to dreadful crash in which at least one person died (details here). Eventually we were able to get off the freeway and do some skillful driving through Gold Coast suburban roads. We made it into the cinema just as the lights were going down.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the program again (we'd attended the same session in Sydney). Especially "No news" which was great when you know the surprise ending and can concentrate on everything that's going on. And "Man without a cell phone" is just as much a joy second time through.
At the end I had a chance to see what was in the foyer.
There were two 1980s shawal style dresses on display.
Their owners very kindly allowed me to photograph them (although I didn't get a chance to ask their names).
It's always lovely to see the saru design - it was one of the very few designs used throughout Palestine and now often appears on contemporary garments.
It was lovely to catch up with the organizers of the film festival, and also to finally meet the amazing Amber Hansen.
What a great night.
Do try and attend the rest of the film festival if you can, it's such a great event and well worth supporting. Again huge kudos to Cultural Media for all their hard work in producing and curating the festival. They do a brilliant job, and it's bloody hard work!