April 7, 2011

Juliano Mer Khamis 1958-2011

April 5, 2011 - by South/South

A 21 minute documentary about  the work of Juliano Mer Khamis the half-Jewish half-Palestinian director of Jenin's Freedom Theatre who was assassinated a couple of days ago.


photo: Ann Paq / Active Stills

November 3, 2010

September 21, 2010

Palestinian Perspectives 7th edition

Sunday October 3, 2010 (in collaboration with Cinéma du Parc)
7pm - Budrus, by Julia Bacha, 2009, 70 min., English subtitles
9pm - Rachel, by Simone Bitton, 2009, 90 min., French subtitles

October 5 and 6, 2010: Nasri Hajjaj’s documentaries
Tuesday Oct. 5 - 9pm – As the Poet said, 2009, 58 min., French subtitles
Wednesday Oct. 6 – 9pm – The Shadow of Absence, 2007, 84 min., English subtitles

Thursday October 7 – 7pm – Budrus (2nd screening)

At Cinéma du Parc
3575 av. du Parc
514 281-1900
www.cinemaduparc.com
admission 11$ / 8$ youth and elders (Tuesday: admission for all 8$)

Nasri Hajjaj’s documentaries
Nasri Hajjaj was born in Ein El Helwe Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Following a 20-year career as a freelance journalist, he turned to documentary cinema. «  The Shadow Of Absence » (2007) won a bronze Muhr Award at the 2007 Dubai International Film Festival. « As the Poet said » (2009) has been screened in many film festivals around the world.

AS THE POET SAID (COMME DISAIT LE POÈTE)
Lebanon 2009 – 58 min. –  Original English, French, Arabic, Kurdish, Portuguese, Hebrew version - French subtitles - digibeta
Tuesday October 5 - 9pm 

Written, produced & directed by Nasri Hajjaj - With the support of the Palestinian Ministry of Culture and Friends Of The Welfare Association - Director of Photography Jocelyne Abi Gebrael - Music & vocals improvised by Hiba Al-Kawas - Edited by Marcello D’Aloisio - Sound Editor Rana Eid  

An evocative and lyrical paean to the life and times of internationally acclaimed late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, this thoughtful film sees director Nasri Hajjaj taking us on a journey through Darwish's life. He tours the cities and towns the poet lived in, meeting contemporaries, writers and lovers of his work, and overlaying the mosaic of memories and reflections with readings of Darwish's works. This heartwarming tribute is a fitting epitaph to a man whose words and dreams have inspired a generation. The film is also a journey through Darwish's work, featuring his own poetry readings as well as those of other poets reciting his poetry: Jose Saramago, Wole Soyinka, Dominique de Villepin, Yitzhak Laor, Michael Palmer, Sherko Bekas, Ahmed Dahbour, Jumana Haddad.

Participated in the following festivals:
Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival München
Dubai International Film Festival
Documentary Film Festival in Tunis « Doc à Tunis 2010 »
Festival international du Cinéma méditerranéen de Tétouan
London Palestine Film Festival, UK
Houston Palestine Film Festival, USA
Projection au théâtre de l'Odéon, à Paris

THE SHADOW OF ABSENCE
Lebanon 2007 – 84 min. – Original Arabic, French, Hebrew, Bulgarian version – English subtitles – digibeta 
Wednesday October 6 – 9pm  

Written and directed by Nasri Hajjaj  - Produced by Familia Productions and Nasri Hajjaj - Directors of Photography Khaled Belkhiria and Ali Bin Abdallah - Edited by Michèle Tyan - Music by Hiba Alkawass, Sami Totah, Henryk Gorecki, Kamilia Jubran

"Born in Palestine. Died in Lebanon." "Born in Palestine. Died in Syria." "Born in Palestine. Died in Jordan." The camera pans across an endless row of white tombstones. The Shadow of Absence takes death as its subject yet in doing so presents a powerful statement about Palestinian life. Weaving elements of his own story of dislocation into the Palestinian collective narrative, filmmaker Nasri Hajjaj reverses the usual focus of the Nakba documentary by exploring the denial of the Palestinian right to death and burial in the homeland. Why can a Jew from any part of the world decree that his body be brought for burial in Israel while a Palestinian living only a few kilometers away, in the West Bank or Lebanon, cannot choose eternal rest in the homeland? The Shadow of Absence is a vivid and painful portrayal of personal and collective dislocation. The poetry, music, images and semi-poetic prose make the documentary a work of art, a song to a distant homeland, mourned in death as well as life.

Participated in the following festivals:
Prix Muhr de bronze : Dubai International Film Festival
Festival international du Cinéma méditerranéen de Tétouan
Euro-Arab Film Festival, Amman, Jordanie
L'Institut de Monde Arabe, Paris
Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA
London Palestine Film Festival, UK

BUDRUS
USA, Israel, Occupied Palestinian territories. 2010. Dir. Julia Bacha. Prod : Julia Bacha, Ronit Avni, Rula Salameh. Digital projection. 119 min.
Original Arabic and Hebrew version with English subtitles
http://www.justvision.org/budrus 
Sunday October 3 - 7pm &  Thursday October 7 – 7pm 

Hailed in the New York Times as "this year's must-see documentary," Budrus follows a Palestinian community organizer who unites all political factions along with Israelis in an unarmed struggle to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that moves to the front lines. Together, father and daughter unleash a successful nonviolent movement that is still gaining ground today. Winner of eight major international prizes in 2010 including Audience Awards at the Berlin and San Francisco International Film Festivals, the Special Jury Mention at Tribeca, Jerusalem and Documenta Madrid Film Festivals, the Best of Fest in Nonfiction at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival and the Witness Award at SilverDocs, Budrus is produced by an Israeli, North American, Palestinian and Brazilian team of filmmakers, including the writer/editor of the celebrated film, Control Room, and the directors and producer of Encounter Point (winner of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal Audience Award for Best Documentary, 2006).

WINNER, PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD SECOND PRIZE, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2010
WINNER, SPECIAL JURY MENTION, TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, 2010
WINNER, AUDIENCE AWARD, SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2010
WINNER, HONORABLE MENTION FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY IN THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM AWARD, JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010
WINNER, WITNESS AWARD AT SILVERDOCS FILM FESTIVAL, 2010
WINNER, HONORABLE MENTION OF THE JURY, DOCUMENTA MADRID 2010
WINNER, AMNESTY ITALIA AWARD, PESARO FILM FESTIVAL, 2010
WINNER, FOUNDERS PRIZE, BEST OF FEST, NONFICTION, TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL, 2010
CULTURAL BRIDGE GALA, DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2009
OFFICIAL SELECTION, HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL, 2010
OFFICIAL SELECTION, SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL, 2010

RACHEL
France, Belgium. 2009. Dir. : Simone Bitton. Digital projection. 100 min. Original Arab, Hebrew, English with French subtitles
http://www.filmsduparadoxe.com/rachelcat.html 
Sunday October 3, 2010 - 9pm 

23 years old. American. Pacifist. Crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Why?

RACHEL – A documentary investigation of the death of Rachel Corrie, the American pacifist crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.

RACHEL is structured like a police investigation. It presents the testimony of witnesses from all sides : Palestinians, Rachel’s colleagues who witnessed her death, Israeli army officials and spokespersons, tank drivers, Palestinian and Israeli doctors who were involved in the case and Rachel’s parents.

Rachel Corrie was an extraordinary human being and her activism in Gaza was motivated by the injustices endured there by Palestinians. She did not want to hurt the Israeli people, but she could not accept the idea that the Israeli army was bulldozing the homes of ordinary Palestinian families in order to defend Israel’s interests.

The nobility of Rachel’s motives and actions make her death all the more unjust, heartbreaking and intolerable.

French-Israeli filmmaker Simone Bitton now lives in Paris. She has directed more than 15 documentary films. All of them attest to her deep personal and professional commitment to better representing the complex histories and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa.

“An arresting, moving film” - HOWARD ZINN
“Don’t miss it” - JUDY REBICK
“Totally honest” - L’HUMANITÉ
“An indispensable film” - LES INROCKUPTIBLES