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Summer Film Series

Past Film Series


Co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown

"Voices on Palestine"
Summer 2014 Film Series

6 June - 26 June | 6:30 p.m.


The Jerusalem Fund and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University are pleased to present the annual summer film series
highlighting recent documentary and feature films from and about Palestine that explore the social, cultural and political complexities of Palestinian life and identity.  

All films, unless otherwise noted*, begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.  All films are screened at The Jerusalem Fund and are in English or have English subtitles.  Attendance is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.  Parking is limited.  For directions and parking information, click here.  For all other inquiries, call The Jerusalem Fund at (202) 338-1958, or email info@thejerusalemfund.org



Friday | 6 June | 6:30 p.m.
When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak)
Director: Annemarie Jacir / 93 minutes / 2013


Monday | 16 June | 12:30 p.m. 

The Great Book Robbery

Director: Benny Brunner / 57 minutes / 2012


Wednesday | 18 June | 6:30 p.m. 

La Vallée des Larmes (The Valley of Tears) 

Director: Maryanne Zehill / 95 minutes / 2012

Friday | 20 June | 6:30 p.m.
The War Around Us
Director: Abdallah Omeish / 75 minutes / 2012

Thursday | 26 June | 6:30 p.m.

It's Better to Jump

Directors: Patrick Stewart, Gina Angelone & Mouna Stewart / 63 minutes / 2013



Friday | 6 June | 6:30 p.m.

When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak)
Director: Annemarie Jacir /  93 minutes / 2013



1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in "temporary" refugee camps made up of tents and prefab houses, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives.


Monday
| 16 June | 12:30 p.m.

The Great Book Robbery
Director: Benny Brunner / 57 minutes / 2012




70,000 Palestinian books were systematically "collected" by the newly created State of Israel during the 1948 war. Today, about six thousand of the these books can be found on the shelves of the National Library, organized like a fossilized army of a dead Chinese emperor, accessible but lifeless, indexed with the label AP – Abandoned Property.  This entirely unknown historical event came into light by chance; an Israeli PhD student - while researching in various state archives - stumbled upon documents from 1948-9 that mentioned "collecting books in Arabic from occupied territories." The plunder affair is a remarkable illustration of how one culture emerges from the dust of another after it has laid it to waste; the moment Palestinian culture is destroyed is also the moment a new Israeli consciousness is born, based not only on the erasure of the Arabs’ presence in Palestine but also on the destruction of their culture. A particularly chilling document from March 1949 lists tens of Jerusalemites whose libraries were "collected" – it reads like a Who’s Who of the Palestinian cultural elite of the time.


Wednesday | 18 June | 6:30 p.m.
La Vallée des Larmes (The Valley of Tears)
Director: Maryanne Zehill / 95 minutes / 2012




Marie, a Montreal publisher specializing in memoirs by war survivors, receives an anonymous document, the condensed story of Ali, a young Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Intrigued, she begins a search for the author and enlists the help of Joseph, a Lebanese man who is painting her office. A strange relationship develops between the pair, who are from very different backgrounds. After Joseph disappears, Marie starts a journey into the past. In a small Lebanese village, in the heart of a bloodstained culture whose unspoken issues are infinitely enigmatic, Marie will eventually find the key to every mystery.

Friday | 20 June | 6:30 p.m.
The War Around Us
Director: Abdallah Omeish / 75 minutes / 2012




The War Around Us is the true story of the only two international journalists on the ground in Gaza as Israel bombarded and invaded in 2008-9. Al Jazeera’s Cairo-born, Arab-American Ayman Mohyeldin and Arab-British Sherine Tadros reported from Gaza City throughout the devastating 22-day assault. This riveting and introspective award-winning film chronicles the bonds of friendships under stress, the ethics of journalism in conflict, and people’s resilience during war.

Thursday | 26 June | 6:30 p.m.
It's Better to Jump
Directors: Patrick Stewart, Gina Angelone and Mouna Stewart / 63 minutes / 2013




The ancient city of Akka, along the northern coast of Israel, is the home to a melting pot of Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha’i. For centuries, its surrounding forty-foot sea wall has protected its citizens and repelled invaders. As the Old City endures harsh economic pressures and vast social changes, Palestinian families who have lived here for generations are being pressured to leave. Despite the daily challenges they face, the city’s youth – sons and daughters of fishermen, school teachers, and artists – continue a perilous inter-generational rite of passage expressing individuality and the right to control their destiny: jumping from the high wall into the tempestuous sea below.


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