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Palestine Film Festival kicks off in NY with flicks from several p-o-v (Gatekeepers to Roadmap to Apartheid)

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Hey, Palestine is bustin out all over! A New York film festival commences tomorrow night with the picture, The Other Son, screening on the Upper West Side, and continues over the next five weeks. All free, including 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, Paradise Now, and Roadmap to Apartheid. What a great tradition, huh?

And see below, in another ten days, there’s a trilogy of films documenting the Nakba playing in the Catskills.

Palestinian Film Festival
Palestinian Film Festival

And from my friends in the Catskills:

If you’ve missed a Palestinian film-screening before, please don’t miss this one! What: Palestine Trilogy by Israeli-Canadian film-maker, b.h. Yael followed by guests Taha Awadallah and Rami Efal

When: 7 p.m. Friday August 2

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Rd., Kingston

Details: Palestine Trilogy: documentations in history, land and hope: Deir Yassein Remembered (28 minutes) Even in the Desert (33 minutes) A Hot Sanctified Wind (13 minutes) Hear Taha from Palestine and Rami from Israel share a unique story of their friendship. (From a maximum security prison in Israel where one was a prisoner and the other a guard to freedom for both of them.)

Here is B.H. Yael’s summary of the Trilogy:

With profound depth and grace these three, thematically related videos tell the tragic story of Palestine and dispel many myths. Deir Yassin Remembered deals with the past by focusing on a well-documented incident of the Nakba (Catastrophe, the Palestinian term for the takeover of their land in 1948) – the destruction of the thriving community of Deir Yassin. Even in the Desert explores the contemporary ramifications of the Israeli occupation – the displacements, checkpoints, surveillance, walls. And the final segment A Hot, Sandfilled World is a visual/auditory poem signifying, perhaps, hope for the future. What makes the whole experience particularly moving is that the reasonable, non-confrontational voices throughout are those of peace and social justice activists from every side – Israeli, Palestinian, and international.

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  1. Pamela Olson
    Pamela Olson
    July 24, 2013, 11:32 pm

    There’s also the Witness Palestine Film Festival in Rochester NY coming up in early September. I’ll be speaking on a panel after a screening of Five Broken Cameras.

    Here’s the website:

  2. Pamela Olson
    Pamela Olson
    July 25, 2013, 1:12 pm

    By the way, sorry if I missed it, but where is the Palestine film festival going on in Manhattan? I couldn’t find any info about it on the web. Thanks!

    Edit: Never mind — sorry, I thought the poster was for the Catskills festival. But a website link would be helpful if you have it!

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