Summer Film Series 2018 – “Coffee for All Nations”

In 1948, Abed and his family were forced by the Israeli army to abandon their home in the village of Al-Walaja near Bethlehem and move to Dheisheh Refugee Camp. Later in life, Abed discovers a 5000 year old Kanani cave on his father’s land and decides to live in it, dreaming of turning it into a coffee shop that will not only generate income but share his passion with the outside world. He welcomes visitors from all over the world, offering them coffee and an amazing view. However, after the release of Abed’s brother from an Israeli prison, his plans are disrupted by the Israeli demolition of his cave.

Summer Film Series 2018 – “The Truth: Lost at Sea”

Rifat Audeh, one of the survivors aboard the Mavi Marmara, combines footage shot aboard the Freedom Flotilla with subsequent media coverage, to show how the dead activists and their comrades who defended their vessels were portrayed. The film reveals what really happened and how it was spun in traditional and online media outlets.

Arab Cinema Now: Time Travel through Short Films

These recent short films culled from the International Film Festival Rotterdam move between imagined worlds from the past, present, and future. Subjects range from Bangladeshi freedom fighters in 1980s Lebanon to the current war in Syria to an imaginary sci-fi Palestine.

Arab Cinema Now: “A Magical Substance Flows Through Me”

Robert Lachmann was a German-Jewish ethnomusicologist. In the 1930s, his radio show “Oriental Music” explored the musical traditions of Palestine and included regular live performances by musicians from different ethnic and religious groups. Inspired by Lachmann’s musicological studies, Palestinian artist Jumana Manna travels through Israel and the Palestinian territories of today with recordings from the program.

Arab Cinema Now: “The Dream of Shahrazad”

Drawing on the stories known collectively as The Arabian Nights, The Dream of Shahrazad contextualizes recent upheavals across the Middle East within a broader historical and cultural legacy. A charismatic conductor uses Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade suite as a tool for political education, leading up to a final performance at Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace.

Summer Film Series: “Ghost Hunting” by Raed Andoni

In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, Palestinian director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of ex-prisoners to build a replicate of Al-Moskobiya, Israel’s main interrogation centre, where he was himself jailed at age 18.

Summer Film Series: “Off Frame, AKA Revolution Until Victory” by Mohanad Yaqubi

Off Frame, AKA Revolution Until Victory is Mohanad Yaqubi’s study of the films produced by the Palestine Film Unit of the PLO in the 1960s and 1970s. These films reflect a primary concern with self-representation for the Palestinian people and their struggles for self-determination. Unearthing films stored in archives across the world after an unprecedented search and access, the film beings with popular representations of modern Palestine and traces the works of militant filmmakers in reclaiming image and narrative through revolutionary and militant cinema.

Summer Film Series: “1948 – Creation and Catastrophe”

This documentary tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it, with the aim of enhancing global understanding of what happened 1948. It is also the last chance to hear first-hand accounts of what took place in Haifa, Jaffa, Dayr Yasin, Acre, Jerusalem, Ramle and Lydda from the Israelis and Palestinians who personally fought in and fled from this land, including interviews with veterans, refugees, survivors and historians of the war collected in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Summer Film Series: “Two Blue Lines” by Tom Hayes

Two Blue Lines provides an unswerving examination of the human and political rights situation of Palestinian people living under Israeli rule. The documentary, shot over a period of twenty five years in Israeli occupied Palestinian territory, presents Israeli narratives of the Palestinian experience from the 1930’s to the present that are seldom heard outside of Israel.