In 2013, a 2,000-year-old statue of Apollo was found near Gaza, only to disappear all of a sudden. Apollo, god of art, beauty and divinations, incites all sorts of rumors, even the craziest ones. The Apollo of Gaza is at once an inquiry and a meditation on history, plunging us into the barely known reality of a territory that is still paying the price of wars and a merciless blockade, but where life also subsists, undefeated.
Maha Haj’s first feature film revolves around the dynamics characterizing a family from her hometown of Nazareth, where only the grumpy, middle-aged parents remain. One of their adult sons lives in Sweden, working as a photographer; their other son and daughter live in the West Bank in Ramallah, where the daughter’s mechanic husband is cast in a U.S. film after the director passes through his shop.
The following films were recently restored by researcher and filmmaker of the Palestine Film Unit, Khadijeh Habashneh Abu Ali, to honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of the PFU and the 10 year anniversary of the death of filmmaker and PFU founder, Mustafa Abu Ali: Scenes from Occupation in Gaza, by Mustafa Abu Ali (12 min.), They Do Not Exist, by Mustafa Abu Ali (23 min.), The Children of…., by Khadijeh Habashneh Abu Ali (22 min.)
A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations to each guest.
Set partly in a refugee camp in Rafah, Gaza, this film is a remarkable look back at fifty years of Palestinian and Arab history, through photographs, reportage and the voices of these photographers today.
Mohamed Jabaly spent the summer of 2014 working with an ambulance crew before and during “Operation Protective Edge”. While numerous articles and media stories are published on the recurring violence in Gaza, they are most often from a privileged outsider perspective. Jabaly’s film is unique in presenting events from a point of view that hails from the ground.
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.
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.
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.