Last week, we posted a collection of recent webinars on Palestine to watch while social distancing. We also compiled a list of ten books to read while staying inside. Today we’ve scoured the internet to find films on Palestine that are currently available on streaming sites. They’re listed below, along with trailers. If you know of any other such movies that are available online, please post them in the comment section.
Nacido en Gaza (Hernán Zin, 2014)
This documentary tells the story Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2014 through the words of ten Palestinian children. That attack ultimately killed over 500 kids and the stories shared here are heartbreaking, but it’s an important film that shows the human toll of this siege. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.
5 Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, 2012)
This critically-acclaimed film was the first Palestinian movie to ever be nominated for a Documentary Feature Academy Award. Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat buys his first camera in 2005, to record the birth of his son. Over the course of five years he shows the reality of Israeli occupation through the perspective of his small village, despite the fact that his cameras are continually destroyed by Israeli forces. You can watch it on Amazon Prime.
The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman, 2009)
The Palestinian director Elia Suleiman is probably best-known for his 2002 movie Divine Intervention, but The Time That Remains is a beautiful film that shouldn’t be missed. A deeply personal dark comedy that begins with the creation of Israel in 1948 and follows its protagonist to present day, it won the Critics Prize of the Argentinian Film Critics Association at Mar del Plata International Film Festival. You can watch it on Hulu.
Gaza Fights for Freedom (Abby Martin, 2019)
This documentary was shot during the Great March Of Return protests in 2018, where over 200 unarmed civilians were killed. “As Martin demonstrates in her film, reality rarely factors into media coverage of Israel-Palestine in the United States, fervent backer of the Israeli military and enabler of Israel’s vast repertoire of crimes,” wrote Belen Fernandez in a review of the movie, “A compilation of clips from CNN, Fox News and other outlets illustrates just how maniacally the US media trumpets the Israeli line, transmitting an apocalyptic vision of the Great March of Return as a giant swarm of explosives-laden terrorists rushing the Israeli border.” You can watch it on Means TV, and rent it on Vimeo.
American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier, 2009)
Although not specifically about Palestine, this documentary, about the famous author and professor, provides an illuminating case study on what happens to academics who criticize Israeli crimes. You can watch it on Amazon.