December 25, 2008

Palestinian Perspectives IV at Cinémathèque québécoise

Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Fernand-Séguin
entry: 7$ (students, elders 6$)
335, boul. de Maisonneuve Est - Métro Berri-UQAM
T. 514 842-9763

Friday January 16 2009 7PM

"La Couleur des olives", by Carolina Rivas and Daoud Sarhandi, Palestine/Mexico, 97 min., original Arabic version with French subtitles

Like many Palestinian families, the Amers live surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall. Their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locks and a constant swarm of armed soldiers. Through a sensitive lens we discover the private world of all eight members of the family. As their dramas unfold we catch a glimpse of their constant struggles and the small, endearing details that sustain them: including school friends, olive trees and two small donkeys. The story of the Amer family offers an opportunity to reflect on the effects of racial segregation, the meaning of borders and the absurdity of war. This documentary reveals the unknown life of the Palestinian people.

preceded by "A Day in Palestine", by Mary Ellen Davis, José Garcia-Lozano and Will Eizlini, Quebec/Canada, 5 min., no dialogue

Scenes of everyday life in the occupied Palestinian territories, with a dream-like feeling, reminiscent of home-movies of the 60s. But instead of a day at the beach, or in the backyard: an olive tree, a wall, a bulldozer, soldiers.

Friday January 23 2009 7PM

"Alsateh" (The Roof), by Kamal Aljafari, Palestine/Germany, 63 min., original Arabic version with English subtitles

Palestinian director Kamal Aljafari’s poetic and political film records his journey back to his family and homeland and explores his firm conviction that “home” can be a feeling as well as an actual place. Aljafari’s voyage is less a definite search for memories than an attempt to view the present as a living past. As his camera pans slowly around the rooms of homes inhabited, damaged and ruined, past and present collide.

preceded by "Roads through Palestine", by Brett Story and Stefan Christoff, Quebec/Canada, 17 min., no dialogue

An audio-visual journey through the roads of occupation and resistance in the West Bank, and a poetic and cinematic reflection on the geography of war.

September 18, 2008

Canadian premiere of 'The Salt of This Sea' Oct. 25 2008, Toronto Palestine Film Festival

"Cinema can do a lot in Palestine. In many ways. There are so many stories, so many things... We have been reduced to invisibility all our lives, few people know, so many things have been prohibited, our books, our voices have been silenced, in the 70s, 80s, our writers, our artists were assassinated... So there's this imposed silence that has lasted so long and is still lasting, and cinema is yet another form of expression. And each Palestinian film being shot is a miracle, in my view." - Anne-Marie Jacir, director of 'The Salt of this Sea', interview given to Alain Gresh (Nouvelles d'Orient - blog du Monde Diplomatique - May 23 2008)

Canadian premiere of 'The Salt of This Sea' Oct. 25 2008, Toronto Palestine Film Festival

May 7, 2008

Palestinan Perspectives 3rd edition

MAY 15 2008, 5pm – 7pm – 9pm
Cinéma du Parc, 3575 Avenue du Parc

An evening of Palestinian films to commemorate 60 years since Al-Nakba - the catastrophe of dispossession brought about by the establishment of the State of Israel - and to celebrate the Palestinian voice.

1947-1948: Zionist forces provoke the exodus of 750,000 refugees, forcibly evicted from their homes and villages. May 15 has been chosen to mark the tragedy.
2008: 5 million Palestinians live scattered throughout the world and demand recognition of their right to return. 4 million Palestinians live under brutal occupation in the West Bank and under a state of permanent siege in Gaza. And over 1 million live in Israel as second-class citizens.

Palestinian directors living under occupation or in exile shed light on history and reality, through outstanding films, some of them award-winners.

17h00 / 5:00 (length 94 min.)

Beyond Blue and Grey
Portraits of Palestinian creativity under Occupation. Reflecting the aesthetics of the Palestinian narrative... past and present.
Canada/États-Unis/Palestine 2008, Jessica Habie, Nirah Shirazipour, 11 min. (Original English and Arabic version with English s.-t.)

Coming Back
Some birds migrate but all the birds keep coming back, seeking the warmth of a homeland.
Palestine 2003, Ahmad Habash, 6:20 min. (no dialogue)

Testimonies from the Nakba Archive
Since 2002, the Nakba Archive has recorded over 450 eyewitness testimonies with Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. The collection reconstructs through personal memories life in Palestine prior to 1948, and documents the events that led up to the expulsions.
Liban/États-Unis 2008, Diana Allan, Mahmoud Zeidan, 25 min. (Original Arabic version with English s.-t.)

Pasolini pa* Palestine
1964: Searching for location sites for the shooting of his film "The Gospel according to St. Matthew", Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini explores the Holy Land and describes its beauty and contradictions, through a dialogue with a priest, Don Andrea Carraro. The footage shot will become "Seeking locations in Palestine". Twenty-five years later, a filmmaker of Palestinian origin follows his steps and mirrors his scene selection. It's the same film, and yet another.
Palestine/États-Unis 2006, Ayreen Anastas, 51 min. (Original Arabic version with English s.-t.)

19h00 / 7:00 (length 90 min.)

Deir Yassin Remembered
This is the 3rd episode of Yael's Palestine Trilogy, that uses a variety of approaches to focus on activist initiatives: this one considers the pivotal repercussions of the massacre at Deir Yassin in 1948, resulting in widespread Palestinian dispossession, and calls for the need to remember.
Canada 2006, b. h. Yael, 28 min., in English (Original English and Arabic version with English s.-t.)

Leila Khaled
Leila Khaled was the first woman to hijack a flight in 1969 and became famous worldwide, and a hero for many Palestinians. Thirty-five years later, a young Palestinian-Swedish woman visits her and films her at home in Amman. The result is a multi-dimensional film about the complexities of liberation movements.
Suède 2007, Lina Makboul, 62 min. (Original Swedish and Arabic version with English s.-t.)

21h00 / 9:00 (length 96 min.)

Sons of Eilaboun
On October 30, 1948, the Israeli Army marches into the northern Galilee village of Eilaboun. The people, who have taken refuge in two churches, are marched to the Lebanese border, except 19 men who are executed. The village is then looted and ransacked. This story was repeated hundreds of times across the land that today is called Israel. The survivors remember.
Allemagne-Palestine 2008, Hisham Zreiq, 23:44 min. (Original Arabic version with English s.-t.)

Reste tranquille
A young boy and his father are on their way home to the city of Nazareth. What should be a simple car trip is beset by politically charged tension and a militarized reality, each of which serves as a foil to represent the struggle of a complacent father raising a strong willed son. 

Palestine-France 2006, Sameh Zoabi, 18:27 min. (Original Arabic version with French s.-t.)

A Palestinian Journey
A three-part documentary recording the filmmaker's journey from Palestine into exile in London. The first part examines the people's struggle to defend the olive trees against Israeli attempts to destroy them. Next, a family of emigres explain the sickness of exile to the filmmaker. Finally, the filmmaker himself is caught in the same trap, and questions whether life must be lived on a "no choice basis".
Royaume-Uni/Palestine 2006, Osama Qashoo, 54 min.: My Dear Olive Tree, Inside Outside, No Choice Basis (Original Arabic version with English s.-t.)

A project of:
Tadamon Montreal!
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Coalition pour la justice et la paix en Palestine

In collaboration with Cinéma du Parc

Entrance 10$
7,50$ students/senior citizens / 7,50$ before 6pm / 6$ with cinécarte (8 films for 48$)

April 30 2008

Palestinian Perspectives 2nd edition

The 2nd edition of PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVES took place from April 10th to 12th at Cinémathèque québécoise and featured Mohammed Bakri, the Palestinian director and actor who came from Galilee to present his three documentaries (1948 ; Jenin, Jenin ; Since You Left), as well as 'Private', a drama directed by Italian director Saverio Costanzo, in which Bakri plays the lead role. This event was supported by Cinémathèque québécoise, le Département de littérature comparée (Université de Montréal), Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Concordia University), l’Institut d'études islamiques (McGill University) and l’Istituto italiano di cultura.

Concerning the trial in Israel against Mohammed Bakri by five Israeli soldiers, see:
Mohammed Bakri’s official site:

April 2008

May 2, 2008

First edition of Palestinian Perspectives

The first edition of PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVES, held at Cinéma du Parc on November 29 2007, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, was successfully attended by 250 people. It was an initiative of Tadamon, Coalition pour la justice et la paix en Palestine and CAIA, with the support of: NFB Citizenshift, Alternatives, FNEEQ, Fondation canado-palestinienne du Québec, CJPME, Aide médicale pour la Palestine.