Ouverture, Avant Première Française


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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Muayad Alayan
Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on a illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.

Day 1 - 194, us children of the camp


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194. Us Children of the Camp

Samer Salameh
The film follows the director’s journey as he is forced to join the Palestinian Liberation Army in Syria only a month before the start of the Syrian uprising. With the escalation of violence and the increasing attacks by the Syrian regime army on the camp, the director and his friends attempt to document the hopes, struggles, departures and loss they experience.
Day 1 - 194, us children of the camp

Cher Hassan

Axel Salvatori-Sinz
While lost in Paris, I try to remember images of Syria before the revolution, and more precisely of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp where my friend Hassan was tortured to death by the regime.

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Cher Hassan

Axel Salvatori-Sinz
While lost in Paris, I try to remember images of Syria before the revolution, and more precisely of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp where my friend Hassan was tortured to death by the regime.

Day 1 - Focus 1948 La Nakba


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The Roof

Kamal Aljafari
This deceptively quiet film presents a portrait of Aljafari's family in Ramleh and Jaffa that hovers between documentary and cinematic memoir, guided by a nimble camera moving calmly but ceaselessly around the rooms of homes inhabited, damaged and ruined. The title refers to the roof missing from the house where Aljafari’s family resettled in 1948, a home unfinished, an incomplete construction project. The use of stillness and off-screen space creates a sense of suspension, of time spent waiting, of aftermath, of lives lived elsewhere. Aljafari’s striking use of his cast, his family, reveals the influence of Bresson’s use of nonprofessional actors as models whose performances emanate from their presence, not from acting. (Harvard Film Archive 2010)

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What Walaa Wants

Christy Garland
Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of being a policewoman, wearing a uniform, avoiding marriage, and earning a salary. But her own rebellious behavior and a complicated relationship with her mother are a challenge, as are the circumstances in which she lives. Following Walaa from 15 to 21, this first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy brings us the story of a young woman navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and which to follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her entourage and the world at large.

Day 2 - Focus 1948 La Nakba


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Recollection

Kamal Aljafari
Israeli and American movies shot in the town of Jaffa between the 60’s and the 90’s serve as a basis for the story of a dream. All the characters are taken out of the original sequences, leaving the city as nothing more than an empty framework. By doing so, the impossible becomes possible, owing to a first-person point of view that films the past through a compilation of images made of memories.

Focus 1948 La Nakba, Séance de court-métrages


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Ma'loul Celebrates its Destruction

Michel Khleifi
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.
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Restored Pictures

Mahasen Nasser-Eldin
Filmed between Bethlehem, Haifa and Nazareth, this film follows the story of Karimeh Abbud, who was born in Bethlehem in 1894 and was the first female professional photographer in Palestine. She rapidly rose to prominence in a traditionally male-dominated profession. Through her photos and letters we get a glimpse of her country before the 1948 forced exile, as well as the singularity of this forgotten photographer.
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Past Tense Continuous

Dima Hourani
What if the Palestinian refugees had returned to their villages and towns, to their homes and fields? What if they had returned to Haifa, Jaffa, Al-Masmiyya and Acre, the artist wonders, as her black and white families walk across the city in a continuous forced journey that began 70 years ago. This reenactment playing with images imprinted in the Palestinian collective memory creates a space for intervention into the story, when what happened did not only happen in the past, but it is happening now.
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We Began by Measuring Distance

Basma Alsharif
Long still frames, text, language, and sound are weaved together to unfold the narrative of an anonymous group who fill their time by measuring distance. Innocent measurements transition into political ones, examining how image and sound communicate history. We Began by Measuring Distance explores an ultimate disenchantment with facts when the visual fails to communicate the tragic.

Day 3 - Retrspective Mai Masri


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Suspended Dreams

Mai Masri
The film explores the devastating effects of Lebanon's 16-year old civil war on its people and the environment. Through the lives of four Lebanese from very different backgrounds, the documentary tells the story of a Beirut community's struggle to reconstruct their lives after the war. The film assesses the appalling impact of modern warfare on the environment, and looks ahead to a new conflict in the making - this time over the Middle East's most precious commodity, water.

Day 3 - Master Class Mai Masri


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À la lisière entre le documentaire et la fiction.

Modératrice : Monika Mauer

Séance en partenariat avec le PCMMO

Day 4 - Short Films Compétition


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En présence de Laila Abbas, Razan AlSalah, Mahdi Fleifel et Rakan Mayassi.

Day 4 - Short Films Compétition

Bonboné

Rakan Mayasi
The film revolves around a couple in Palestine, as the husband is serving time in an Israeli jail. As physical interaction in the jail is prohibited, the anxious couple decides to smuggle semen out of the prison to conceive a child
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A Drowning Man

Mahdi Fleifel
Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile growing one day longer.
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Your father was born 100 years old, and so was the Nakba | ابوكي خلق عمره ١٠٠ سنة، زي النكبة

Razan AlSalah
She looks down at her virtual ghost marked with an X. "If I were walking, I would have found it, even if it's not here anymore." Oum Amin, a Palestinian grandmother returns to her hometown Haifa through Google Maps Street View, today the only way she can see Palestine.
Day 4 - Short Films Compétition

Rupture

Yassmina Karajah
Introducing a cast of first time actors and survivors of war who channel their personal experiences of loss and new beginnings through a fictional narrative, Rupture follows the journey of four Arab teens on their quest to find the local public pool in their new Canadian city.
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Memory of the Land

Samira Badran
Palestine: a body is trapped at a checkpoint; an essential mechanism of the Israeli occupation. The body is pierced by structural and physical violence, which is aggressive and arbitrary and prevents and attacks its free movement and existence.
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Madam El

Laila Abbas
Nader and Abed roam the mountains and search caves to look for historical objects. The two boys deliver the pieces they find to an antiques dealer who gives them little money in return. What they find in one remote cave challenges their friendship. Things become more complicated when adults force themselves into the children’s world.

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Ambulance

Mohamed Jabaly
Ambulance is a raw, first-person account of the last war in Gaza, July 2014. Mohamed Jabaly, a young man from Gaza City, joins an ambulance crew as war approaches. What is it like to grow up under constant threat? How can Mohamed find his place in a country under siege, where at times there seems to be no foreseeable future? We experience the war through Mohamed's eyes as he comes of age among broken bodies, terrified families, and the constant risk of sudden death. In response to the dark chaos of war, Mohamed learns to rely on his captain and crew-mates, who in turn support Mohamed to make a film that expresses both the trauma and hope of the too-often invisible citizens of Gaza.

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Débat avec Carol Mansour

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Stitching Palestine

Carol Mansour and Muna Khalidi
Twelve Palestinian women sit before us and talk of their life before the Diaspora, of their memories, of their lives and of their identity. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery. Twelve resilient, determined and articulate women from disparate walks of life: lawyers, artists, housewives, activists, architects, and politicians stitch together the story of their homeland, of their dispossession, and of their unwavering determination that justice will prevail.Through their stories, the individual weaves into the collective, yet remaining distinctly personal. Twelve women, twelve life-spans and stories from Palestine; a land whose position was fixed on the map of the world, but is now embroidered on its face.

Day 7 - Soirée en Plein Air


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20h30 Concert

Mohamed Najem & Frinds

21h45 Repas Palestinien

22h30 Projection Tough Stage de Toomas Jarvet

23h45 Spectacle de danse Maher Shawamreh

 

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Rough Stage

Toomas Jarvet
Maher, an electrical engineer and former political prisoner, is a man ready to confront society in order to stage a contemporary dance performance in Palestine. Located in one of the world’s most disputed areas nowadays, Maher’s story is is a parable about a society in conflict, where the real war is between dreams and traditions.

Day 8 - Retrospective Mai Masri


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Débat avec Mai Mastri

Day 8 - Retrospective Mai Masri

Children of Shatila

Mai Masri
Children of Shatila tells the story of Farah and Issa, two children from Beirut’s Shatila camp who use their imagination and creativity to overcome the overwhelming difficulties of living in a Palestinian refugee camp that has survived massacre, siege, and dispossession.
Day 8 - Retrospective Mai Masri

Memory of a Fish

Yousef Salhi
Sami essaie sans cesse de se rappeler des choses, mais sa mémoire ne l’aide pas toujours. Sami ne se soucie pas réellement de régler ce problème, il fait avec, comme si c’était normal, contrairement à sa soeur Yara qui se moque constamment de lui. Leur mère met fin à cette situation en lui proposant des solutions. Toutefois, ces réponses sont souvent provisoires. Comment Sami va-t-il gérer cela ?

Day 8 - The FCP Night


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Un regard commun inédit sur les habitants de la Palestine et d'Israel, celui d'un Israélien et d'un Palestinien, qui ont voyagé ensemble du sud au nord de leur pays. La Route 181 est la ligne virtuelle qui suit les frontières de la résolution 181 de l'ONU en 1947.

 

19h00 Route 181 Sud

21h30 Dîner Palestinien

22h30 Route 181 Centre

00h30 Route 181 Nord

02h00 Navette vers Gare de l'Est

 

Day 8 - The FCP Night

Route 181, fragments d'un voyage en Palestine-Israël

Michel Khleifi
Route 181 offers an unusual vision of the inhabitants of Palestine-Israel, the common vision of an Israeli and a Palestinian. In the summer of 2002, for two long months, Eyal Sivan and Michel Khleifi travelled together from the south to the north of their country of birth, traced their trajectory on a map and called it Route 181. This virtual line follows the borders outlined in Resolution 181, which was adopted by the United Nations on November 29th 1947 to partition Palestine into two states.

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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Muayad Alayan
Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on a illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.

Day 9 - Focus 1948 La Nakba


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From Beneath The Earth

From Beneath The Earth
In Palestine, music is more than just a creative outlet: it's a social tool that amplifies the voices of marginalized communities to transform the entire narrative of the occupation. Mideast Tunes has partnered with Ramallah-based production company Breathing Stories to produce From Beneath the Earth, a documentary film that showcases the work and artistic perspectives of Palestinian musicians in their own words. Featuring Maysa Daw (DAM), Saaleek, Shadi Zaqtan, Apo & the Apostles, and Rasha Nahas, From Beneath the Earth amplifies voices rising from the underground to express both the personal and the political, and explores the intersections that exist at the heart of music created by Palestinian artists.
Day 9 - Focus 1948 La Nakba

A Magical Substance Flows Into

Manda Jumana
The voice is that of Dr. Robert Lachmann, an enigmatic German-Jewish ethnomusicologist who emigrated to 1930s Palestine. While attempting to establish an archive and department of Oriental Music at the Hebrew University, Lachmann created a radio program for the Palestine Broadcasting Service called “Oriental Music”. Over the course of the film, Jumana Manna—herself a Palestinian from Jerusalem—follows in Lachmann’s footsteps and visits Kurdish, Moroccan and Yemenite Jews, Samaritans, members of urban and rural Palestinian communities, Bedouins and Coptic Christians, as they exist today within the geographic space of historical Palestine. Manna engages them in conversation around their music, while lingering over that music’s history as well as its current, sometimes endangered state.

Day 9 - Focus 1948 La Nakba


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Round Table : 1948: Les enjeux de la cartographie des ruines

With Dima Abu Ghoush, Eléonore Mezra from De-Colonizer et Stéphanie Latte Abdalla (to confirm).

Day 9 - Focus 1948 La Nakba

Emwas : Restoring memories

Dima Abu Ghoush
Dima est née à Emwas, mais elle a été forcée d’en partir à l’âge de 2 ans, comme tous les autres villageois, le second jour de la guerre de 1967. Toute sa vie elle a entendu des histoires à propos d’Emwas, mais elle ne connaît ce lieu qu’en tant que parc public, car c’est ainsi qu’Israël a transformé le village, quelques années après l’avoir démoli. En 2009, Dima décide de reconstruire Emwas sous la forme d’une maquette, avec l’aide de sa famille et de ses amis. Le film réussit à redonner vie à la bourgade disparue à travers la mémoire de ceux qui y ont habité, et soulève des questions sur le futur d’Emwas, et de ses anciens habitants qui rêvent encore d’y retourner.