5th EDITION 30 MAY > 10 JUNE 2019

PARIS AND ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

 

The 2019 Ciné-Palestine Festival: twelve days of festival that brought together more than 3000 viewers. 

Created by a group of film lovers in 2015, the Ciné-Palestine Festival is supported by the Association du Festival du Film Palestinien in Paris. Since its first edition in 2015, exceeding the restrictions imposed by borders, the FCP has offered Palestinian artists the opportunity to meet their audiences and created a space for discussion, encounters and debates on Palestinian cinema.

During this 5th edition, which ran from May 30 to June 10, 45 films, including 15 subtitled by the FCP, were screened; 39 films were still unreleased in France. In total, we had nearly 2500 viewers during the 27 sessions scheduled in our 8 partner venues: Le Luminor Hôtel de Ville, Les 3 Luxembourg and EHESS in Paris, Les Trois Cinés Robespierre in Vitry-sur-seine, Le Cinéma Jean-Vigo in Gennevilliers, Le Méliès in Montreuil, L'Ecran in Saint Denis, and Le Studio in Aubervilliers.

Focus Gaza

The 2019 edition wanted to put the Gaza Strip in the foreground.

Through eight sessions, a round table on film production in Gaza and a masterclass, this focus allowed the audience to discover different facets and other stories of this region. This section allowed Palestinian filmmakers to reclaim their stories and show different images from those imposed by the mass media.

Spotlight on the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival

This year, the FCP honoured the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival, represented by its artistic director Khalil Al Mozain. Begun in 2015, this festival aims to bring cinema back to the big screen in Gaza. On this occasion, two films were presented in the presence of one of the filmmakers, Nahed Awwad. Unfortunately, Samer Qatta, the other guest filmmaker, was unable to attend the Festival. Despite obtaining his visa, he was not allowed to leave the Gaza Strip. A live communication via Skype with the filmmaker was nevertheless made possible after the screening.

The round table on film production in Gaza

In order to discuss the conditions of filmmaking and production in Gaza, several guests met at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) as part of a seminar on Palestine. Moderated by Marion Slitine, doctor of anthropology, this round table allowed Gazan professionals to share their experiences with some forty people who attended the exchange. For example, Shahd Abusalama presented his research on the representation of refugees in film, Rashid Masharawi spoke about the importance of the refugee camp in Gaza where he grew up in building his artistic identity and Khalil Al Mozain spoke about the Red Carpet Festival initiative in Gaza.

The Rashid Masharawi Masterclass

In order to retrace the cinematographic journey of Rashid Masharawi, a Gazan director born in Shati in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Nadia Meflah presented a reflection on the prolific work of this director, giving insight into the filmmaker's cinematic universe.

 

The 3rd edition of the "New Generation" short film competition

The Festival Ciné-Palestine decided to devote the third edition of this competition to student films, as well as to the first works of independent Palestinian directors.

Mediapart, a partner in this section, offered its subscribers the opportunity to watch the six selected short films free of charge for one week and thus participate in the audience prize. The screening on June 3 at the 3 Luxembourg cinema mobilized a large audience who were able to appreciate, once again this year, the creativity of the contemporary Palestinian film scene. The jury, composed of Hala Alabdalla, Emma Raguin, Khalil Al Mozain, Gladys Joujou and Anne Luthaud, awarded Sami Zarour €1000 for his film The Pipe. The jury’s special mention worth 250 € was given to Mira Sidawi for Four Wheels Camp.

The audience prize worth €500 was awarded to Salam Yahya, Sanabel Ibrahim and Renad Nasser for their short film Reporter Suspended. The audience’s special mention worth 250 € was awarded to Salahadeen Abu Nima for Area C. A total of 205 people took part in the vote.

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The participants in the competition and the jury

The outdoors event

The 2019 FCP was once again hosted by the city of Saint-Denis to organize an open-air day and evening event in front of the Saint-Denis Basilica, in partnership with the PCMMO - Panorama des Cinéma du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient. More than 450 people attended this year to enjoy this friendly moment open to all.

The space was open to the public from 4:30 pm and was open until midnight: two screenings under a tent, including a cine-snack for young audiences, a concert by Nawel Ben Kraïem, a Franco-Tunisian musician from Saint-Denis, a Dabke ball orchestrated by the Alalo Sharqiya group and the Lebanese troop Dabket Loubnane, a meal and the screening of Annemarie Jacir's film Wajib.

In the tent set up on the square, students  from the Henri Wallon high school (Aubervilliers) presented to the public the six Palestinian short films they selected as part of the educational programme run by the FCP team from February to June. This presentation was made in the presence of one of the directors, Baha' Abu Shanab. Based on an invitation to collectively build a Palestinian short film programme offered during the festival period to other high school students, this very first immersion course allowed the class of high school students to actively learn about film festival programming and film mediation, while stimulating their openness to the world and to interculturality.

​                                                                                                              The tribute to Jocelyne Saab

The Festival Ciné-Palestine decided to pay tribute to this Lebanese filmmaker, photographer and visual artist who passed away this year with a selection of four films, two of which had never before been shown. For this tribute section, Mathilde Rouxel, PhD student in film studies and head of Jocelyne Saab's audiovisual heritage, Alaa Mansour, artist and filmmaker who collaborated with Jocelyne Saab in the last years of her life and Olivier Hadouchi, historian and film critic, exchanged views on the director's career.

The round table "In search of the Palestinian audiovisual heritage"

To accompany the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the PLO Film Unit, the festival offered a selection of five short films made in the 1970s and recently found in the Palestinian film archives. The screening was followed by a round table moderated by Saverio Leopardi with Khadijeh Habashneh Abu Ali, who headed the Film Unit of the Palestinian Film Institute in Beirut until its destruction in 1982 at the time of the Israeli invasion, and who now coordinates the Project for the Preservation of Old Palestinian Films, and Bashar Shammout, a researcher specializing in Palestinian cultural and audiovisual heritage and son of the famous painter and director Ismail Shammout. Two short films were shown.

Feedback on the sessions

 

The Luminor City Hall cinema

A partner cinema of the festival since the second edition, the Luminor hosted the FCP for the first three days. A total of 700 viewers came to attend six screenings!

207 people were able to attend the opening film Mafak, a new film. At the end of the screening and discussion with part of the film team, the audience weas able to enjoy a sumptuous Palestinian cocktail prepared by Les Ptits Plats Palestiniens de Rania.

Luminor guests: Bassam Jarbawi, Yasmeen Qaddumi, Areen Omari, Abdel Salam Shehadah, Michel Khleifi, Arab and Tarzan Nasser, Pea Holmquist, Joan Mandell.

The 3 Luxembourg

The 3 Luxembourg have been hosting us since the first edition. This year, the FCP set up shop there for two days, bringing together 370 viewers for a total of 4 sessions, including the double session of the short film competition.

Guests from the 3 Luxembourg: Amal Ramsis, Nahed Awad, Khalil Al Mozain, Montaser Alsabe, Sami Zarour, Mira Sidawi, Shayma' Awawdeh, Salahaldeen Abu Nima, Dima Sharif, Salam Yahya, Sanabel Ibrahim.

The 3 Cinés Robespierre

The 3 Cinés Robespierre hosted us this year for the first time. 44 viewers came to discover a new film. The session was followed by a discussion with the director of the film.

The guest of the 3 Cinés Robespierre: Nicolas Wadimoff.

The Jean Vigo cinema

The Jean Vigo cinema also hosted the festival for the first time this year.

A total of 132 viewers were able to attend the 3 sessions organized in this new partner cinema.

Jean-Vigo's guest: Wissam Alhaj.

L'Ecran

For the third consecutive year, the FCP has been present at the cinema l'Ecran in Saint-Denis for a screening attended by 86 viewers.

The Screen Guest: Hala Al Abdallah.

Le Méliès

Like the Ecran, the cinema Le Méliès trusted the FCP for the third year and no less than 129 viewers were present at the tribute to Jocelyne Saab screening.

The guests of Méliès: Mathilde Rouxel, Alaa Mansour, Olivier Hadouchi.

The Studio

Since the first year, the Studio d'Aubervilliers has hosted the closing of the festival. For this 5th edition, 7 sessions over two days mobilized 451 people. 

The Studio's guests: Rashid Masharawi, Bachar Shammout, Khadijeh Habashneh, Mathijs Poppe.

The FCP all year round

Throughout the year, the FCP organises a one-month film club offering the public the opportunity to (re)discover films from previous editions, and is also involved in screenings organised by other festivals and partner associations. This year, 12 sessions were held throughout the year, bringing together nearly 800 viewers. These monthly meetings took place in 9 partner locations - cinemas, universities, bars, cultural centres, community centres, shared gardens, sometimes offering a more informal setting for sharing and meetings. By setting up these film events, we are committed to bringing Palestinian cinema in all its strength and diversity to life throughout the year, in Paris and the Paris region.

 

Throughout the year, including the festival's film club and partner sessions, the FCP attracted approximately 3300 viewers.

 

The FCP is also present on the professional film scene and the members of the organising committee have represented the festival this year at international festivals such as the Berlinale and Cannes as well as at the Palestinian Film Festival, Palestine: Filming is Existing in Geneva, at the Ciné-Palestine Festival in Millau, while waiting to go to the Douarnenez Film Festival this summer.

Special thanks

We would like to point out that the FCP is first and foremost a beautiful human adventure: independent, collective and supportive. This festival is supported by a group of volunteers, who are present throughout the year or who join us for the festival, and whose continuous efforts have made it possible to make this 5th edition an unforgettable space for meetings and exchanges.

We would therefore like to thank a whole group of people, associations, partners, supporters, volunteers, donors, journalists and artists, who have enabled us to offer our audience twelve days of festivities that reflect the creativity and power of the Palestinian film scene.

For the third year, the artist Walid Bouchouchi produced the graphics for the various communication media for this edition.

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The organising committee of this 5th edition, surrounded by volunteers and some of the guests.

 

Many thanks to the 28 artists who honoured us with their presence and to whom we extend our deepest thanks: Rashid Masharawi, Areen Omari, Bassam Jarbawi, Yasmeen Qaddumi, Arab and Tarzan Nasser, Michel Khleifi, Shayma' Awawda, Salahaldeen Abunima, Dima Sharif, Salam Yahya, Sanabel Ibrahim, Sami Zarour, Mira Sidawi, Pea Holmquist, Joan Mandell, Khalil Mozain, Montaser Alsabe, Abdel Salam Shehadeh, Nahed Awwad, Amal Ramsis, Samer Qatta, Baha' Abu Shanab, Wissam Alhaj, Nicolas Wadimoff, Mathijs Poppe, Khadijeh Habashneh, Bashar Shammout.

We would like to thank the passionate guests who moderated or spoke in the debates, following the various screenings: Hala Al Abdallah, Thomas Bauzou, Olivier Hadouchi, Saverio Leopardi, Alaa Mansour, Nadia Meflah, Mathilde Rouxel, Denis Sieffert, Marion Slitine, Dominique Vidal.

Thank you to all our partners, institutions, media, cinemas and associations who trusted us and supported us in the development of this edition. We are particularly grateful for the generous support of Foundation A. M. Qattan. Thanks also to the Fondation de France - Un Monde par tous, the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem, CCFD - Terre Solidaire, the City of Paris, the City Hall of Saint-Denis, the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis - Via le monde, the Ile de France Region and the DRAC Ile de France for their precious support. Thank you also to all the donors who contributed to our participatory fundraising campaign.

We are also grateful to the cinemas that welcomed us for this edition: Le Luminor Hôtel de Ville, Les 3 Luxembourg, Le Méliès, L'Écran, Les Trois Cinés Robespierre, Le Cinéma Jean-Vigo and Le Studio for the invaluable support they provided us.

Thanks also to the many associations and NGOs that have supported us, materially, financially and in our communications: the Friends of Al-Rowwad, the Association France Palestine Solidarité, the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine, the UJFP - French Jewish Union for Peace, the Union Syndicale Solidaires (and in particular the South PTT Federation) and the association l'Autre Champ.

Thanks to all our media partners: Mediapart, Politis, Middle East Monitor, Le Courrier de l'Atlas, Orient XXI, Radio Flouka, Radio Campus.

Thank you to the audience of the Festival. If the 5th edition of the Festival Ciné-Palestine was such a success, it is thanks to this generous, cinephile audience which has never ceased to share with us this common love of Palestinian cinema. Once again this year, we were able to count on a loyal audience, always as enthusiastic, curious and committed as ever. We are delighted to see this audience grow from session to session.

Finally, the FCP's organising committee would like to express its most sincere thanks to all the volunteers who contributed with their commitment, time, enthusiasm and passion to the success of this edition.

The entire organizing committee of the Festival Ciné-Palestine is already working with the same dedication on the next edition of the festival.

 

Until 2020 for the 6th edition of the Festival Ciné-Palestine,

 

The 2019 Festival Ciné-Palestine 2019 Organising Committee.