London Palestine Film Festival 2009
Divine Intervention Divine Intervention
Divine Intervention and Friendship's Death
60 Units Of Time (Year: 2008; Director: Raad Raad)
This 60 second experimental short speaks to 60 years of Palestinian dispossession.
Arthur Balfour And Me (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Charlotte Cornic)
What links Arthur J Balfour, the British Politician born in 1848 on a sumptuous family estate in East Lothian and Fatima, a young Palestinian woman, born in 1971 in a refugee camp in Lebanon and now seeking asylum in Glasgow?
Divine Intervention (Yadon Ilaheyya) (Country: France/Morocco/Germany/Palestine; Year: 2001; Director: Elia Suleiman; Writer: Elia Suleiman; Stars: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, Nayef Fahoum Daher, Menashe Noy, Emma Boltawski, Salman Nattor)
Absurdist comedy from the heart of the Occupied Territories, Palestine.
Easy, Easy (Year: 2008; Director: Riyad Deis)
Set in rural Palestine in 1939 at the close of the Palestinian revolt against the British Mandate, Easy, Easy follows a Palestinian farmer and his family whose traditional rural lives are turned upside down when a Palestinian resistance fighter decides to hide in their small farm home.
Friendship's Death (Country: UK; Year: 1987; Director: Peter Wollen; Writer: Peter Wollen; Stars: Ruby Baker, Patrick Bauchau, Joumana Gill, Bill Paterson, Tilda Swinton)
A war correspondent's conversation with an extraterrestrial amid the chaos of Black September.
Salt Of This Sea Salt Of This Sea
Salt Of This Sea and Arthur Balfour And Me
Five Minutes From Home (Year: 2008; Director: Nahed Awwad)
Looking at the history of Jerusalem Aiport, now occupied by the Israeli Army.
House Salad (Salata baladi) (Country: Egypt, Switzerland, France; Year: 2007; Director: Nadia Kamel; Writer: Nadia Kamel)
A grandmother and her daughter try to teach her grandson about the family's history of mixed marriages.
Introduction To The End Of An Argument (Country: Canada; Year: 1990; Director: Jayce Salloum, Elia Suleiman)
Critique of Western representations of the Middle East, Arab culture, and the Palestinian people.
John Berger Reads Ghassan Kanafani's 'Letter From Gaza' (Year: 2008)
A reading initially prepared for the May 2008 Palestine Festival of Literature. The reading is accompanied by imagery concerning the plight of Palestine.
Laila's Birthday (Eid milad Laila) (Country: Palestine, Tunisia, Netherlands; Year: 2008; Director: Rashid Masharawi; Writer: Rashid Masharawi; Stars: Mohamed Bakri, Areen Omari, Nour Zoubi)
A moving, often funny tale of a Palestinian taxi driver trying to get home in time for his daughter's birthday.
Memory Of The Cactus (Year: 2008; Director: Hanna Musleh)
Charting the history of displaced residents from three Palestinian villages.
My Land (Year: 2005; Director: Tone Andersen)
A couple's struggle for the right to build on their own land in Galilee.
Nakba: Palestine 1948 (Paresuchina 1948: Nakuba) (Country: Japan; Year: 2008; Director: Ryuichi Hirokawa)
Exploration of the plight of a Palestinian village and its ramifications both in the past and today.
Open Heart (Year: 2004; Director: Claire Fowler)
The problems of the Palestinian healthcare system as seen through the eyes of one family.
Palestine Remembered (Year: 2004; Director: Dominique Dubosc)
Experimental video essay about attempts to establish an art school project in Palestine.
Recognized (Year: 2007; Director: Ori Kleiner)
Examining the plight of the Bedouin.
R:Existence (Year: 2006; Director: Marco Pasquini)
Five women, returning to their devastated villages in southern Lebanon after the 2006 war, recount their experiences during the conflict.
Salt Of This Sea (Le Sel De La Mer) (Country: Palestine, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland; Year: 2008; Director: Annemarie Jacir; Writer: Annemarie Jacir; Stars: Suheir Hammad, Saleh Bakri, Riyad Ideis, Walid Abdul Salam, Jaber Abu Kaoud, Um Hussein Al Malhi, Iman Aoun, Yahya Barakat, Diana Buttu, Ismael Dabbag)
The odyssey of a US-born Palestinian woman who travels back to the land of her forebears.
Sedition (Year: 2008; Director: Min Sook Lee)
Explores issues of youth and freedom of expression through the lives of young, politically progressive, Toronto based spoken word artists Rafeef Ziadah and Boonaa Mohammad.
Shadow Of Absence (Year: 2007; Director: Nasri Hajjaj)
Explores the anxiety of Palestinian exile through an interrogation of relationships between place, home, and death
Smile! You Are In South Lebanon (Year: 2008; Director: Dalia Al Kury)
A vibrant Lebanese family portrait
A Space Exodus (Year: 2008; Director: Larissa Sansour )
Sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context.
State Of Siege (État de siège) (Country: France, West Germany, Italy; Year: 1972; Director: Costa-Gavras; Writer: Franco Solinas, Costa-Gavras, Franco Solinas; Stars: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber, Jean-Luc Bideau, Maurice Teynac, Yvette Etiévant, Evangeline Peterson, Harald Wolff, Nemesio Antúnez, Mario Montilles, André Falcon, Jerry Brouer, Roberto Navarrete, Douglas Harris)
The true story of the kidnapping by Marxist Tupamaro guerrillas of US 'regime change' consultant and torture expert Dan Mitrione in Uruguay in 1970.
Stranger In My Home (Year: 2007; Director: Sahera Dirbas)
The stories of eight Palestinian Jerusalemite families that were twice turned into refugees in their own city.
A Summer Not To Forget (Year: 2007; Director: Carole Mansour)
On July 12th 2006, Hezbollah captured 2 Israeli soldiers. For the following 34 days, Lebanon witnessed continuous Israeli bombardment. This documentary takes you beyond the news headlines into the harsh realities of war.
Take Me Home (Year: 2008; Director: Mais Darwazah )
This is the journey one Jordanian Palestinian woman takes whenever she crosses the border to visit her grandmother and great aunt in Damascus.
La Terre Parle Arabe (Year: 2007; Director: Maryse Gargour)
Focus on the Zionism movement and their goal of creating a Jewish state.
This Way Up (Le jardin de Jad) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Georgi Lazarevski; Writer: Georgi Lazarevski)
Construction of the Israeli barrier wall from the perspective of old folks' home residents.
To My Father (Year: 2008; Director: Abdelsalam Shehadeh)
Poetic homage to the studio photographers of the 1950s to 1970s.
The View (Year: 2008; Director: Hazim Bitar, Rifqi Assaf)
The story of an Israeli sniper who takes aim at an unsuspecting Palestinian couple.
Welcome To Shatila (Year: 2008; Director: Raad Raad)
Short portrait of the refugee camp.
We Like Life Tomorrow (Year: 2008; Director: Ismail Habbash)
Three Palestinian families document their own lives.

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