On the Bride’s Side records the 2013 journey of five undocumented Syrian and Palestinian refugees who end up in Italy fleeing the war in Syria, and with the help of the filmmakers, continue on from Milan to Stockholm where they seek to attain political asylum. The refugees and their supporters travel as a fake wedding party complete with a bride in a white gown, hoping to avoid detection and arrest.
Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb discusses the situation of Palestinian youth in the Occupied Territories, following a screening of two films recently produced by students of the Dar al-Kalima University College of Bethlehem, Palestine.
Narrated by Mike Farrell, Valentino’s Ghost exposes the way America’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East influences Hollywood and mainstream media portrayals of Arabs and Muslims.
“Sixty years after her grandparents’ exile from Jaffa, Soraya (Suheir Hammad) leaves Brooklyn to live in her homeland. Discovering that her family’s bank account was frozen after the Arab-Israeli War, she becomes determined to reclaim her birthright, through whatever means necessary.
“….a beautiful young Palestinian woman defies Israeli soldiers and struts through a check-point as if it were the catwalk of a fashion show; Santa Claus is chased up the sun- drenched hills of Nazareth by a gang of knife-wielding school kids; Israeli police use a blindfolded prisoner to provide directions to tourists in Jerusalem; and a female ninja descends from the sky, holding the map of ‘Palestine’ as her battle shield.”
Each film in the “It’s Not Just Documentaries Project” organized by the Community Media Center of Gaza addresses a particular aspect of the suffering among civilians and the violations of their rights during and after the 2014 Israeli aggression, which the IDF named “Operation Protective Edge.”
Acclaimed Palestinian musician Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal`ouna Ensemble performed at Busboys and Poets during their July tour of the DC metro area. Bringing together musicians from the Arab world and the West, their music crosses many boundaries by promoting diverse intercultural exchange through fusion of Palestinian folk music, world and classical music, and jazz.
June 30, 2015 The Jerusalem Fund Cultural Programs Washington, DC Film Scholar Terri Ginsberg discusses Palestine-solidarity filmmaking, focusing predominantly on To Live in Freedom, a 1974 documentary directed by Simon Louvish, and featuring Palestinian writer and intellectual Fouzi El-Asmar. She examines the relationship between Zionism, European colonialism, class stratification and racism in Palestine/Israel, and […]