Join us for a presentation by Laila Hasan, one of the first women shopkeepers in the Old City souq (market) of Hebron, who is on a speaking tour to raise awareness about the important work of the Women in Hebron Cooperative. 

Mohamed Jabaly spent the summer of 2014 working with an ambulance crew before and during “Operation Protective Edge”. This film is his first-person account of that experience. 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. It gives us access to the point of view of someone who does not have the luxury to travel easily in and out of Gaza. Palestine | 2016, 78 min. 

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.)

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.

Yasmine Dabbous explores how fabric becomes a psychological, political and economic force  for Syrian refugees,  the women whose embroidery gave them solace and income. Embroidered patterns from Damascus tiles represent the anchor trauma-inflicted refugees yearn for. Molly Sinclair McCartney’s  photos  of her visit to Syria before the war remind us of the life that once was.

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.