كل ليلة من 30 أكتوبر إلى 8 نوفمبر، بدءًا من الساعة 7 مساءً، سنعرض أفلامًا عن غزة ومنها. أصبحت هذه المبادرة ممكنة بفضل برنامج مؤسسة السينما الفلسطينية، روايات غير مبررة. سلسلة أفلام تحتفي بجمال غزة وشعبها وكفاحها وبقائها. ويهدف البرنامج إلى مقاومة شيطنة هذا المكان الجميل.
تغطي الأفلام المختارة مجموعة واسعة من المواضيع والأنواع، بدءًا من القصص الشخصية عن الانتصار والأمل إلى الأفلام الوثائقية المثيرة للفكر والتي تسلط الضوء على الحقائق الاجتماعية والسياسية. ترسم افلام البرنامج منظر طبيعي واسع و متجانس من القصص، لتوفر فرصة للمشاهدين للتفاعل مع تاريخ غزة وحاضرها.
Every night from Oct. 30th to Nov. 8th, starting at 7pm, we will be screening films about and from Gaza. This initiative is made possible by the Palestinian Film Institute’s program, Unprovoked Narratives. A series of films celebrating the beauty of Gaza, its people, its struggle and its survival. The program aims to resist the demonisation of this beautiful place.
The selected films cover a wide range of themes and genres, from personal stories of triumph and hope to thought-provoking documentaries shedding light on socio-political realities. Together, they paint a landscape of stories, presenting an opportunity for viewers to engage with Gaza’s history and present.
░░░░░░░░ Monday Oct. 30th
To my Father, 2008
“Those were days when people prettier, when eyes were filled with colour, even in black and white. What has changed – the camera, or the eye?” asks Abdel Salam Shehadah’s poetic homage to the studio photographers of the 1950’s – 70’s. Set partly in a refugee camp in Rafah, the film looks back at fifty years of Palestinian and Arab history, told through the photographs, reportage and the voices of these photographers today.
Director: Abdel Salam Shehada
░░░░░░░ Tuesday Oct. 31st
Scenes of the Occupation from Gaza, 1973
Documentary, 13 mins
A rare film by the legendary filmmaker Mustafa Abu Ali, one of the founders of the Palestine Film Unit, the first filmic arm of the Palestinian revolution. Shot by a French news team, the footage was edited by Mustafa in Lebanon to produce one of the earliest films on the occupied territory in Gaza. Scenes of the Occupation from Gaza employs experimental editing tech-niques to produce a cinematically and politically subversive film. The film won the prize as best film at the Damascus Film Festival in 1973 and was screened at multiple festivals. It was the only film produced by the Palestine Cinema Group, which in 1974 became the Palestine Cinema Institute.
Director: Mustafa Abu Ali
Condom Lead, 2013
A dream of the hope for intimacy and love in a brutal, divisive world.
Director: Tarzan Nasser & Arab Nasser
░░░░░ Wednesday Nov. 1st
Gaza Calling, 2012
Samer lives in Ramallah in the West Bank. His family lives in Gaza, one hour away. They have not seen each other for six years.
When Mustafa went for a visit to Gaza in 2006, he was 18 years old. He was never allowed to return – his mother Hekmat has been fighting to see him again for seven years now. Two families torn apart. They share the same “crime”: being registered with a Gaza address in their Identity Cards. Under Israeli rule, they are considered “infiltrators” in their own country. Their lives have turned into a permanent struggle. Parents can only talk to their sons on the phone; sisters can only see their brothers on the internet – mothers and their children fighting to be together at last…
Director: Nahed Awwad
░░░░░░░░ Thursday Nov. 2nd
Experimental, 1h 17m
An homage to the Gaza Strip based on the eternal return. A journey following one man through five different landscapes marks the end as the beginning, forgetting as the way forward, and the failure of civilization.
Writer & Director: Basma Alsharif
░░░░░ Friday Nov. 3rd
Documentary, 1h 20m
A raw, first-person account of the last war in Gaza in the summer of 2014. Mohamed Jabaly, a young man from Gaza City, joins an ambulance crew as war approaches, looking for his place in a country under siege, where at times there seems to be no foreseeable future. While thousands of things are published on the recurring violence in Gaza, the stories behind them remain hidden. Not this one.
Directed By: Mohamed Jabaly
░░░░░░░░ Saturday Nov. 4th
Samouni Road, 2018
Documentary, 2h 8m
In the rural outskirts of Gaza City a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the latest war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighborhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plow fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memory. Through these young survivors’ recollections, Samouni Road conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.
Director: Stefano Savona
░░░░░ Sunday Nov. 5th
Habibi, 2011, 1hr 8 mins
Habibi, a story of forbidden love, is a fiction feature set in Gaza. Two students in the West Bank are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love defies tradition. To reach his lover, Qays grafittis poetry across town. Habibi is a modern re-telling of the famous ancient Sufi parable Majnun Layla. The full Arabic title is ‘Habibi Rasak Kharban,’ which translates as “Darling, something’s wrong with your head.”
Writer & Director: Susan Youssef
░░░░░░░░░░ Monday Nov. 6th
In Gaza, members of a typical family are thrown into disarray after a series of bombing attacks destroyed their home, killed some of the occupants and left others seriously injured.
Director: Mohammed Almughanni
░░░░░ Tuesday Nov. 7th
Gaza Ghetto, 1985
Documentary, 82 mins
The first documentary feature made in Gaza, this now classic film puts today’s headlines into historical perspective. It focuses on life under military occupation in Jabalia, the largest of all Palestinian refugee camps. A child is born and a child dies, and we come to understand the impact of decades of war and displacement on daily life and family rituals.
We also meet Israelis personally involved: soldiers on patrol, settlers and government architects of the military occupation, Ariel Sharon, among them.
░░░░░░░ Wedneday Nov. 8th
Tale of the Three Jewels, 1995
Drama, 1h 52m
Yussef is a twelve-year old Palestinian child of the First Intifada. With his father is in prison and his brother a fugitive from the Israeli army, he lives alone with his mother and sister. Though his life is marked by violence, he lives in his imagination, often escaping from the refugee-camp into the Gaza countryside.
While hunting for birds one day, Yussef meets Aida, a young gypsy girl who poses a daunting challenge, leading him into a perilous adventure.
This lyrical and moving work was shot in the early months of 1994, while Gaza remained under Israeli military occupation, and was the first feature film ever to be shot entirely in the Gaza Strip.
Directed and Written by: Michel Khleifi
░░░░░ Thursday Nov. 9th
One More Jump, 2019
Documentary, 1h 13m
Gaza Parkour Team founder Abdallah has managed to escape Gaza. His friend Jehad still lives there, training young athletes for whom sport remains the only thing imbued with hope amidst the conflict. Is it better to leave to fulfil your dreams or stay and fight for your country? The question is the common thread running through this deeply moving account of sport, friendship, and exile.
Writer & Director: Emanuele Gerosa