October 10, 2015

Palestinian Perspectives 9th edition 2015

Palestinian Women Filmmakers

December 2-3-4, 2015  

Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Claude Jutra 

335, boul. de Maisonneuve est, Montréal  H2X 1K1 - Métro Berri-UQAM 


10$ (students-seniors 9$)

Also, Monday Nov. 30, 7pm, Cinema Politica screening @ Concordia Univ. Details : see below or click here: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/concordia/mars-sunrise

Palestinian Perspectives 2015 is dedicated to Palestinian women filmmakers, including documentary, fiction and a short experimental. This series starts with a journey in search of the missing PLO archives that disappeared in 1982, followed by a vision on the attack of Southern Lebanon by the Israeli army in 2006 thorough the eyes on a group of young people, and last, on the complexities of the life for those who try to survive in Gaza under siege. Each feature film will be preceded by a short film that gives a feeling of what it is to live in a state of exception. This year’s programme provides a feminine vision of the terror of neo-colonialism.

Wednesday, Dec 2, 7pm 
Kings and Extras, preceded by Living by Fear, Hamourabi 
Screening presented by Najat Rahman, Professor of comparative literature at Université de Montréal

Kings and Extras, Azza el-Hassan, 2004, 62 min., eng. subt.
The 1970s Palestine film archive, whose films documented the revolutionary period of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), disappeared during the Israeli bombings on Beirut in 1982. Following the traces of a missed revolution, Palestinian filmmaker Azza el-Hassan goes off in search of this archive in a road-movie that drives us across Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The film mixes personal and national myths and explores feelings of loss and defeat with sensitivity and humor, while questionning its own status within this quest for images.

Living by Fear, Dima Abu Ghoush, 2013, 9 min., eng. subt.
Yitzhar is an Israeli settlement overlooking the Palestinian villages of Burin, Madama, Asira al-Qibliya, Urif, Einabus and Huwara in the Northern West Bank. The film shows families, and especially children, sharing testimonies about the attacks settlers regularly launch on their villages. à

Hamourabi, Dima Abu Ghoush, 2008, 15m44, fr. subt.

In 2006, legislative elections are held in the West Bank and Gaza to vote for the next Palestinian government. But what is the meaning of such democratic process in a territory still under occupation ? The film follows the campaign as it unfolds, and focuses on a very singular party named Hamourabi. 

Thursday, Dec. 3, 7pm
33 Days, preceded by Shake
Screening presented by Norma Rantisi, Professor of geography and urban planning at Concordia University

33 Days, Mai Masri, 2007, 70 min., fr. subt.
Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri shows the life in Beirut during the Israeli bombings in 2006, when refugees reach the city from the South of the country particularly under attack. Masri follows three protagonists : a theatre actor who organizes workshops for traumatized children, a international aid worker, and a TV journalist. These three personal tales emphasize the search for a common good amidst the bombings and massacres.

Shake, Deema Dabis, 2015, 9m30, fr. subt.
Kareemah is a Palestinian performance artist who grew up in the United States, far away from the Occupation. She joins a circus company on a tour that passes by the West Bank. At the airport in Tel Aviv, she is faced with the reality of her Palestinian identity when the legitimacy of her presence in Israel is challenged by the violence of the border officer. 

Friday, Dec. 4, 5pm
Where Should the Birds Fly, preceded by Shujeiya, Land of the Brave, Home Movies Gaza
Screening presented by Zahia El-Masri, Palestian refugee in Lebanon, activist
In presence of the producer, Brian Drolet, www.deepdishtv.org

Where Should the Birds Fly, Fida Qishta, 2013, 60 min., fr. subt.
« Operation Cast Lead », 2008. The war left Mona without parents and suffering from multiple traumas. The girl gradually learns to trust Fida, the filmmaker, and recounts the events that have led to the destruction of her home and the murder of her family. Together, the two young women try to understand what surviving means.

Shujeiya, Land of the Brave, Hadeel Assali, 2014, 5m22, eng. subt.
The film superimposes two temporalities of Gaza. On the one hand, the happy images of the Shujeiya neighborhood before its tragic destruction during the 2014 Israeli attacks. On the other, a testimony by journalist Samer Zaneed, who condemns how the Red Cross ignored repeated calls for help from the residents of Gaza. 

Home Movies Gaza, Basma Al-Sharif, 2013, 24m08, fr. subt.
Home Movies Gaza introduces us to the Gaza Strip as a mircrocosm for the failure of civilization. In an attempt to describe the everyday of a place that struggles for the most basic of human rights, this video claims a perspective from within the domestic spaces of a territory that is complicated, derelict, and altogether impossible to separate from its political identity. 

Co-presented by:
Regards palestiniens, Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinema Politica
With the support of:
Centre de recherche sur le documentaire (Université Concordia)
Institute of Islamic Studies (McGill University)
Département de littératures et de langues du monde (Université de Montréal)
Galerie Imane Farès, Paris
PAJU Palestiniens et Juifs Unis
CJPP Coalition pour la justice et la paix en Palestine

Monday Nov. 30 - Admission by donation
"Mars at Sunrise" by Jessie Habie, Palestine-Canada-USA, 2013, 75 min.
Université Concordia, Hall Building, H110, 1445 de Maisonneuve ouest - Métro Guy