Boston Palestine Film Festival
The Boston Palestine Film Festival presents three documentary films and discussion with director Amahl Bishara:
Even Though My Land is Burning
by Dror Dayan
2015 | Documentary | 77 min
Ben, an Israeli Jew living in Tel Aviv, continues to support the Palestinian struggle, even though almost no Israelis still do. In the last five years, he has found himself a political home away from home – the small village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, where the local group of activists continues to resist the ongoing theft of their land and water. With this small community who took him in, Ben participates in the weekly Friday demonstrations and keeps believing that co-resistance leads to co-existence – that life together is possible when one only, as the activists of the village say, removes the occupation from one’s head.
Take My Pictures for Me
by Mohammed al-Azza and Amahl Bishara
2016 | Experimental Documentary Short | 33 min
Amahl and Mohammad are both Palestinian, but Mohammad is a refugee born in the West Bank, while Amahl holds an Israeli passport and was born in the US. When Amahl went to a protest for refugee rights in Israel and saw there many of Mohammad’s American and European colleagues, she called him in frustration that he could not be there because of Israel’s movement restrictions. He replied with a generous provocation: “Why don’t you take pictures for me?” From there begins an exchange of photographs and a set of video explorations about expression, mobility, Palestinian collectivity, and the limits of what one friend can do for another.
I’m Not Afraid of the Soldiers
by Rinske Bosch
2016 | Documentary Short | 19.5 min
Soldiers who fire tear gas at you, keep you under surveillance every day and even storm into your house and take your brother away… Yazan, 13, has experienced it all. He lives in a Palestinian refugee camp, surrounded by a high wall and control towers. Yazan would so much like things to be different, but how? The Israeli soldiers by the Wall don’t listen to the children.
But maybe they’ll watch… Together with his friends, Yazan makes a poster that tells his story. They want to put it up at the most dangerous place in the camp. Will they succeed?Event Link
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