Projections

Jour 1: Ouverture

L'institut du monde arabe
23/05/2016 - 20:00

Billetterie: Sur invitation

Débat avec Mai Masri (réalisatrice)

Modératrice: Leila Shahid

3000 Nuits (٣٠٠٠ ليلة‎)

Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. However resilient, and while still in chains, Layal gives birth to a baby boy.   Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and a meaning to her life. Prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike. The prison director warns her against joining the rebellion and threatens to take her son away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.

Fiction, Long

Jour 2

Cinéma Luminor
25/05/2016 - 20:00

Focus Un Autre Regard

Débat avec Marah Zahalqa et Betty Saadeh (pilotes de l'équipe Speed Sisters)

Modératrice: Houda Ibrahim (journaliste et critique de cinéma)

Speed Sisters

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

Documentary, Long

Jour 3

Cinéma Luminor
27/05/2016 - 20:00

Focus Un Autre Regard

Séance présentée par l'actrice Garance Clavel, marraine du Festival Ciné-Palestine

Débat avec Hani Zurob (peintre) et Marion Slitine (anthropologue et doctorante à l'Ifpo)

Maqloubeh (مقلوبة)

Five young students from different backgrounds share an apartment in Ramallah. They're stuck in their apartment due to a curfew and skirmishes outside. Their confinement leads them to the preparation of a Maqlubeh*. At first in disagreement over the ingredients, the friends finally find a common ground to cook the dish. Unexpected guests interrupt them before they are able to sit and enjoy the meal. * Maqlubeh: traditional Palestinian dish, the ingredients vary from town to town. The script was written by Hani Zurob. He is the Palestinian painter whose life also inspired Mars at Sunrise by Jessica Habie, which is part of the same screening. He will be there for the post-screening discussion.

Court, Fiction

Mars at Sunrise (المريخ عند شروق الشمس)

A painter's resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized poetic film from director Jessica Habie. The Story of a war waged on Imagination, "Mars at Sunrise" tells the tale of two artists on either side of Israel's militarized borders that wage a surreal battle across bodily and imagined realms, illuminating the power of the artist to survive and even thrive under extreme pressure.

Fiction, Long

Jour 4

Cinéma Luminor
28/05/2016 - 15:00

Focus Un Autre Regard

House

For generations, a family lived in a spacious, beautiful and generous house. The generosity of the house had become part of their life. Guests were always welcome to enjoy a pleasant stay. Until one guest arrived with a different plan in mind.

Court, Fiction

Private

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Fiction, Long

Jour 4

Cinéma Luminor
28/05/2016 - 17:00

Débat avec Salim Abou Jabal

Modératrice: Houda Ibrahim  (journaliste et critique de cinéma)

 

 

Roshmia (روشميا )

An elderly Palestinian couple is in a final standoff with the Israeli authorities to maintain their lifestyle in Roshmia; the last natural valley in Haifa. Yousef and his wife Amna (who originally descents from Gypsy origins) have lived in a shack all alone in their eighties since 1956 in what seems to be a life of serenity; far away from the loudness of modern life. Life remains peaceful in Roshmia until the Israeli authorities endorse a new road project and order to confiscate their land, demolish the shack and throw them out. A friend of the couple tries to secure compensation from the municipality but the shack is Yousef’s home that he insists on keeping; living in bliss and comfort as ever, however the negotiations continue and tension grows among the three. Furthermore, and besides the physical displacement and despair they are nearly facing, Yousef and Amna are about to go on separate ways.

Documentary, Long

Jour 4

Cinéma Luminor
28/05/2016 - 20:00

Rétrospective Michel Khleifi

Débat avec Michel Khleifi

Modérateur: Eyal Sivan (réalisateur et producteur)

 

Pioneer High

In 1969, Pioneer High in Ann Arbor Michigan is ripe with revolution as the Vietnam war is nearing its end. Hala, a new emigrant from Palestine, joins Pioneer High wearing pants which is strictly against school policy for girls. Disorientated and weak in English, Hala, an unsuspecting, rebel repeatedly disobeys the rules, wearing pants day after day. The teacher sees his authority slipping and a revolt brewing as he is loosing control of his classroom to the new girl's influence.

Court, Fiction

La mémoire fertile (الذاكرة الخصبة)

This is a film about the Palestinian population living in the Palestinian West Bank and under Israeli occupation. Michel Khleifi just looks and shows, listens and makes it heard. The smallest everyday acts reflect peoples’ frustration, living in an inferior position on the land of their ancestors. This film is a great human geography lesson, seen from the inside and an incentive to political interrogation. Farah and Sahar are confronted to both occupation and women condition in the Palestinian society.

Documentary, Long

Jour 5

Cinéma Luminor
29/05/2016 - 15:00

Focus Un Autre Regard

Débat avec Julien Salingue (auteur de La Palestine des ONG)

The Do Gooders ( فاعلو الخير)

A guerrilla style ‘Thelma and Louise’ road movie journeying deep into the murky world of International Aid. Chloe (British) and Lubna (Palestinian) embark on a trip to explore the impact of Foreign Aid on the region. But what starts out as a simple quest, becomes increasingly complex as the personal and political become ever more entwined.

Documentary, Long

Jour 5

Cinéma Luminor
29/05/2016 - 17:00

Sélection de Courts-Métrages 1

Débat avec Ahmed Rokh (acteur) et Sonia Fayman (Les Amis du Théâtre de la Liberté de Jénine)

Modérateur: Les Amis de Al Rowwad (association)

Ismail (إسماعيل)

Inspired by a day in the life of Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout, Ismail tells the compelling story of a young man struggling to support his parents after their expulsion to a Refugee camp in 1948 by the Israeli forces. Despite the wretched life and distressing conditions he holds to his dream to go to Rome to learn painting. One day and after selling cakes at the train station with his little brother, they heedlessly enter a minefield. As Ismail faces death, and in his struggle to save himself and his brother, we discover his true spirit.

Court, Fiction

Transit Game ( لعبة ترانزيت)

In the Northern mountains of Lebanon, a Syrian man hoping to reunite with family torn apart by war, encounters two Palestinian children whose own stories of exile provide a glimpse into the uncertainties he must face as a refugee.

Court, Fiction

Journey of a Freedom Fighter (رحلة مقاتل الحرية)

"Journey of a Freedom Fighter" follows Rabea Turkman on his journey from armed resistance fighter to cultural resistance fighter. He joined the armed resistance during the Second Palestinian Intifada, and then, at the recommendation of a friend and fellow fighter, decided to join The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp following the amnesty in 2007. Turkman explains after one of his performances, "People used to look down on me for putting down my weapon and joining the theatre, so this play brought me back…This play is another kind of resistance."

Court, Documentary

Jour 5

Cinéma Luminor
29/05/2016 - 20:00

Rétrospective Michel Khleifi

Débat avec Michel Khleifi (réalisateur)

 

 

Cantique des pierres (نشيد الحجر)

Canticle of the Stones tells the story of two Palestinian lovers, now in their forties. They had barely fallen in love nearly twenty years earlier when he was imprisoned for political activity. She ran off to the United States to overcome her grief. Years later, she comes back to Jerusalem to study the Intifada's impact on Palestinian society only to find him released from prison. Against a backdrop of resistance and repression, they fall in love again.

Fiction, Long

Jour 6

Paris 8 (Saint Denis)
30/05/2016 - 18:00

Billetterie: Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles

Focus Archives et Mémoire

Débat avec Gilles Bernardeau (mixage son du film)

Recollection

The Israeli and American features shot in the town of Jaffa from the 60s to the 90s are the basis for the story of a dream. All protagonists are removed from the original footage, leaving an empty setting formed by the town. Thus, the impossible is made possible from the “I” perspective, namely filming the past and compiling a picture album made of memories.

Documentary, Long

Jour 6

L'institut du monde arabe
30/05/2016 - 20:30

Billetterie: Cette séance est en réservation directe auprès de l'Institut du monde arabe à l'adresse suivante theidol.lefilm@imarabe.org

Débat avec Mayisa Abd Elhadi et Ahmed Rokh (acteurs)

The Idol (يا طير الطاير)

Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair but to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. It’s where they, along with their best friends Ahmad and Omar, play music, football and dare to dream big. Their band might play on second hand, beaten up instruments but their ambitions are sky-high. For Mohammed and Nour, nothing less than playing the world famous Cairo Opera Hall will do. It might take them a lifetime to get there but, as Mohammed will find out, some dreams are worth living for. Along the way, Mohammed will experience tragedy and loss. The world around him will shatter. Through it all, however, he will somehow retain the hope that his voice will somehow deliver him from the pain that surrounds him and bring joy to others. He sings at weddings, he drives a taxi to pay for his university studies. Even as the siege around Gaza intensifies, the prison around them ever more forbidding, Mohammed knows he has a rare gift. To make people smile and forget their troubles. And so, in front of him on TV one evening lies an impossible dream: the auditions for Arab Idol, the most popular show in the Arab world, are taking place in Cairo. The borders are closed. There is no way out. Somehow, he finds a way and makes it in front of the judges in Egypt. From there, destiny awaits, a chance to change his life and give a voiceless people the greatest feeling of all: the freedom to love, live and feel free.

Fiction, Long

Jour 7

Paris 8 (Saint Denis)
31/05/2016 - 18:30

Billetterie: Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles

Focus Archives et Mémoire

Débat avec Michel Khleifi, Khadijeh Habashneh Abu Ali (Coordinatrice de Old Palestinian Films Preservation Project)

Modératrice: Anaïs Farine (Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3)

Ma'loul fête sa destruction (معلول تحتفل بدمارها)

Since the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948, countless Palestinian villages have been erased from the map and their inhabitants. Ma'loul, just west of Nazareth, is one such ruined village. It was inhabited principally by Palestinian Christians, who were forced to leave to Lebanon or Nazareth. Since then and once a year, Ma'loul's original inhabitants are allowed to come back to the place of their hometown, on the day when Israel celebrates its independence. For this occasion, they have developed the habit of organizing a picnic on the remains of their ancient village.

Documentary, Long

Kings and extras (ملوك وكومبارس)

The films of the PLO Media Unit were supposed to show a self-determined image of Palestinian reality – and they went missing during the Israeli invasion of Beirut in 1982. In a "road-movie" from Palestine to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, the director Azza El-Hassan follows the contradicting and confusing clues as to the whereabouts of the lost archive. The increasingly absurd search finally leads her to a martyr’s graveyard, where the films are said to be buried – but no one really wants to dig over the whole place. While Azza’s search for lost images leads her down various dead ends, she is confronted with new clues and starts to construct her own story. The film reflects the situation in the Middle East – a failed revolution, the problematic relationship with the Arab neighbors, the question of a Palestinian identity today. Azza El-Hassan shows myths, life stories and life lies, the personal effects of defeat and loss. She even brings some humor to the tragedy of the situation – to which she simultaneously feels a sense of belonging and opposition.

Documentary, Long

JOUR 8

Paris 8 (Saint Denis)
01/06/2016 - 18:00

Billetterie: Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles

Focus Archives et Mémoire

Table ronde avec Khadijeh Habashneh Abu Ali (Coordinatrice de Old Palestinian Films Preservation Project), Annemarie Jacir (réalisatrice) et Eyal Sivan (producteur et réalisateur).

They Do Not Exist (ليس لهم وجود)

The title of the film was inspired of a speech of Golda Meir – when she said: Who are the Palestinians? I don't know any people in this name, They Do Not Exist. The point here is, that if the Palestinians do not exist, then who the hell they are bombarding?! Are they bombarding ghosts?! The film includes a clear sign, through music to the case of the Palestine cause, as a civilization conflict, as a civilization that conquers another one. Eastern music was used too, with the ordinary camp life scenes, in opposite of Bach's music that goes with bombardment. This film is another try to look for a language of revolution cinema. The film They Don't Exist gained the Honor Diploma of the Leipzig Film Festival, Germany – 1974 and the prize of the Arab Criticism Union from Cartage Film Festival, Tunis, 1978. The synopsis was written by the late film director Mustafa Abu Ali.

Court, Documentary

JOUR 9

Parvis de la Basilique d'Argenteuil
02/06/2016 - 20:30

3000 Nuits (٣٠٠٠ ليلة‎)

Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. However resilient, and while still in chains, Layal gives birth to a baby boy.   Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and a meaning to her life. Prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike. The prison director warns her against joining the rebellion and threatens to take her son away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.

Fiction, Long

JOUR 10

Cinéma Le Studio
03/06/2016 - 19:30

Débat avec Mayisa Abd Elhadi (actrice)

Modératice: Asja Zaino (auteur de Des hommes entre les murs. Comment la prison façonne la vie des Palestiniens)

3000 Nuits (٣٠٠٠ ليلة‎)

Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. However resilient, and while still in chains, Layal gives birth to a baby boy.   Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and a meaning to her life. Prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike. The prison director warns her against joining the rebellion and threatens to take her son away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.

Fiction, Long

JOUR 11

Cinéma Le Studio
04/06/2016 - 17:30

Focus Un Autre Regard

Speed Sisters

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

Documentary, Long

JOUR 11

Cinéma Le Studio
04/06/2016 - 19:30

Débat avec Muayad Alayan

A Boy, a Wall, and a Donkey (ولد، جدار وحمار)

Three boys stand in front of the intercom at a villa's door, taking turns and speaking into it. Alerted by a security camera above their heads, the maid comes out and throws water at them to scare them away. They explain that they just wanted to record a film but since they did not have a camera, they decided to record it at the intercom camera of the door. The maid laughs and tells them that there is no tape in the camera, which is why they should go to a security camera that works. Taking her seriously, one of the boys leads the others to the wall where they position themselves in front of a turning and recording camera in order to record their movie. Each of them wants to be first, and they all recite their dialogues. When an army jeep approaches in the final scene, they wonder if these are the people who bring them the tape of their movie.

Court, Fiction

Amours, larcins et autres complications

A Palestinian car thief gets into the trouble of his life when he steals the wrong car. What he thought was an Israeli car and an easy way to make money in his impoverished refugee camp turns out to be a load of misfortune when he discovers a kidnapped Israeli soldier in the trunk.

Fiction, Long

JOUR 12

Cinéma Le Studio
05/06/2016 - 11:00

Focus: Archives et mémoire

Débat avec Khalil Al-Mozayeen (sous réserve) et Arab et Tarzan Nasser (réalisateurs)

Modératrice: Marion Slitine (anthropologue et doctorante à l'Ifpo)

Drawing for Better Dreams

By using images drawn by Palestinian children between the ages of 9 and 12, ‘Drawing for Better Dreams’ takes us to the Occupied Territories and into the minds of the kids who live there under siege. By animating the simple crayon drawings, this moving film conjures up the struggles faced by Palestinian children on a daily basis, and demonstrates the power of – and need for – allowing young people to dream.

Court, Documentary

One Minute (دقيقة)

When a minute is what was left of her life. Salma the 37 years old mother living with her husband and daughter in Al Shujaiya neighborhood - Gaza, taking her home as a shelter from the bombing and shooting, tries to avoid her and her daughter's inevitable death, but with a text message she will be informed about her destiny. One minute is a short film that portrays the last minutes of Salma's life and the moment of her death to become one of the thousands that were killed during Gaza war 2014, especially in the intensive attack on the neighborhood known now as Shujaiya Massacre.

Court, Documentary

Gaza 36mm (غزة 36 ملم)

Gaza 36mm is the interpretation of a reality that excels the game of death more than the game of life. It is a small window through which Gaza had the chance to see the outside space, a special cinematographic code that reflects the state of destruction and damage of the cinemas due to ideological and social reasons. It is about a dump that was once a cinema house that attracts visitors.

Documentary, Long

JOUR 12

Cinéma Le Studio
05/06/2016 - 14:00

Rétrospective Michel Khleifi

Noce en Galilée (عرس الجليل)

The film takes place in a Galilean Arab village ruled by an Israeli military governor, following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The village mayor, Muktar, wants to celebrate his son's wedding despite the ongoing curfew. The Israeli military governor initially refuses, but finally allows the wedding to take place on the condition that he and his staff are invited.

Documentary, Long

JOUR 12

Cinéma Le Studio
05/06/2016 - 16:00

Sélection de Courts-Métrages 2

Débat: Muayad Alayan et Basil Khalil

Lesh Sabreen? (ليش صابرين؟)

Set in a Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem, 'Lesh Sabreen?' tells the story of two young lovers as they navigate dreams and dead-ends in their socially-conservative and Israeli-controlled community. The film illustrates the several layers of authority, from the patriarchal social norms and taboos, to economic pressures and the military occupation continually facing young Arab Jerusalemites. Sabreen and Ayman dream of being together. But without true economic opportunities, Ayman will never be able to care for Sabreen in a way that her father would approve. And with the power structures conspiring to restrain their dreams, will the young lovers muster the imagination to realize their hopes for the future?

Court, Fiction

Nation Estate

The Nation Estate project consists of a 9-minute sci-fi short film and a photo series offering a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East. With its glossy mixture of computer generated imagery, live actors and an arabesque electronica soundtrack, the Nation Estate film explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. Palestinians have their state in the form of a single skyscraper: the Nation Estate. One colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population - now finally living the high life.

Court, Fiction

Though I Know the River Is Dry

He has returned to Palestine. On the fraught road through the country he relives the choice that sent him to America and the forces of history now driving him home. 

Court, Fiction

Ave Maria (السلام عليك يا مريم )

The Nuns of the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ convent in the middle of the West Bank wilderness have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of religious Israeli settlers crashes their car into the convent’s wall. The Sabbath is approaching and they need to get home urgently, however because of the religious laws, the Israelis can’t operate a phone to call for assistance, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. Together they must come up with an unorthodox plan to help them get home.

Court, Fiction

JOUR 12

Cinéma Le Studio
05/06/2016 - 18:00

Clôture du Festival Ciné-Palestine 2016

Débat avec Elia Suleiman (sous réserve)

Le Temps qu’il reste (الزمن الباقي)

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day. "The Time That Remains" is a semi biographic film, in four historic episodes, about a family--my family--spanning from 1948, until recent times. The film is inspired by my father’s diaries of his personal accounts, starting from when he was a resistant fighter in 1948, and by my mother’s letters to family members who were forced to leave the country since then. Combined with my intimate memories of them and with them, the film attempts to portray the daily life of those Palestinians who remained in their land and were labeled "Israeli-Arabs," living as a minority in their own homeland.

Fiction, Long

Festival Ciné Palestine ©