• Hany Abu-Assad – Al qods fee yom akhar aka Rana’s Wedding (2002)

    2001-2010DramaHany Abu-AssadPalestinePolitics

    My Frightening Rushed Palestinian Roadblock Wedding

    Like the 1999 German hit “Run Lola Run,” the new movie by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad opens with an ultimatum and a plucky heroine alone in her room, wondering which way to turn. Both films feature menacing dogs, lost plastic bags, and an aimless, poorly shaved lover.
    But that’s where the similarities end, because contemporary Berlin is a happier place than Jerusalem in 2003. For one thing, Tom Tykwer’s redhead Lola didn’t have to deal with roadblocks, trigger-happy soldiers, and bomb squads. For another, Lola was fiercely self-determined, while Rana (Clara Khoury) has to contend not only with political oppression but the dominating role men are assigned in her culture.Read More »

  • Basma Alsharif – Ouroboros (2017)

    2011-2020ArthouseBasma AlsharifExperimentalPalestine


    An homage to the Gaza Strip, Ouroboros follows a man through five different landscapes, upending mass-mediated representation of trauma. A journey outside of time, marking the end as the beginning, exploring the subject of the eternal return and how we move forward when all is lost.Read More »

  • Ayreen Anastas – Pasolini Pa* Palestine (2005) (DVD)

    Ayreen Anastas2001-2010DocumentaryExperimentalPalestine

    “Pasolini Pa* Palestine is an attempt to repeat Pasolini’s trip to Palestine in his film, Seeking Locations in Palestine for The Gospel According to Matthew (1963). It adapts his script into a route map superimposed on the current landscape, creating contradictions and breaks between the visual and the audible, the expected and the real. The video explores the question of repetition. For Heidegger Wiederholung ‘repetition, retrieval’ is one of the terms he uses for the appropriate attitude toward the past. Read More »

  • Hany Abu-Assad – Omar (2013)

    2011-2020DramaHany Abu-AssadPalestine

    A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.Read More »

  • Hany Abu-Assad – Paradise Now (2005)

    2001-2010CrimeDramaHany Abu-AssadPalestine

    Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.Read More »

  • Arab Nasser & Tarzan Nasser – Gaza mon amour (2020)

    2011-2020Arab NasserDramaPalestineTarzan Nasser

    Gaza, today. Sixty-year-old fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works at the market with her daughter Leila. When he discovers an ancient phallic statue of Apollo in his fishing nets, Issa hides it, not knowing what to do with this mysterious and potent treasure. Yet deep inside, he feels that this discovery will change his life forever. Strangely, his confidence starts to grow and eventually he decides to approach Siham.

    First presented at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, official Palestine selection for the 2021 Academy Awards.Read More »

  • Hany Abu-Assad – Paradise Now (2005) (HD)

    2001-2010CrimeDramaHany Abu-AssadPalestine

    Paradise Now (Arabic: الجنّة الآن‎) is a 2005 film directed by Hany Abu-Assad about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel. It won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category.

    “The film is an artistic point of view of that political issue,” Abu-Assad said. “The politicians want to see it as black and white, good and evil, and art wants to see it as a human thing.”Read More »

  • Elia Suleiman – It Must Be Heaven (2019)

    2011-2020ArthouseComedyElia SuleimanPalestine

    “Where do the birds fly after the last sky?” asks Mahmoud Darwich, and award-winning Palestinian director Elia Suleiman in his latest film asks the same question through his alter-ego, ES. ES escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. It Must Be Heaven is a comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where is the place we can truly call home?Read More »

  • Simone Bitton – Rachel [+Extra] (2009)

    2001-2010DocumentaryPalestinePoliticsSimone Bitton

    To show solidarity with Palestinians, Amercian peace activist Rachel Corrie engaged in civil disobedience in a combat zone in the Gaza Strip; the circumstances that led to her death by bulldozer (or its debris) are still debated.Read More »

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