FILM FOR PALESTINE

SMALL HANDS IN HANDCUFFS

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Wed. 8th July, 2pm
The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Admission Free, donations welcome 

In October 2013,  Anrai Carroll, a 16 yr old Transition year student travelled to the West Bank to make a film about Child arrests in Palestine. Posing as tourists, Anrai and his mum, activist Brenda Carroll flew to Israel and travelled on to the West Bank where Anrai finally met Mahmoud, a boy his own age who was arrested at 14 and imprisoned for almost a year and a half, and Rasim, 18, who lives in fear of a knock on the door which could mean his arrest. They started with no money, no cameras, no experience, nothing but Anrai’s love for Palestine and a determination to do something that could  make a difference.

Anrai’s film  shows not just the physical journey but the painfully emotional and sometimes scary transition from naive xbox player to a wiser and stronger young man. What started as a simple idea in Powerscourt Lawns, Waterford has grown into a global symbol of solidarity.

 

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Thurs. 9th July, 2pm
The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Admission Free, donations welcome 

Directed by Emtiaz Diab.

Running time 50 mins.

Murad travels throughout rural Palestine with his mobile cinema gathering the residents of the local villages to show them their homes of twenty years ago on film. This becomes a challenge, because in Yanun, olive harvesting proves to be more important: Isrealis have granted them permission spontaneously to enter their olive groves for one day only. Similar circumstances unravel, such as in the refugee camps in Aqabat Jaber and Bethlehem where issues of poverty and occupation in their daily lives prevail. Murad and his films offer a welcoming space and change for everyone he encounters. “We will persevere,” says Hani Amer, whose house is surrounded by Israeli settlements, checkpoints and the Wall – on which Murad projected his films.

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FLYING PAPER

Thurs. 9th July 4pm

The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Admission Free, donations welcome

Flying Paper tells the uplifting story of resilient Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. This feature-length documentary film is directed by Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill and co-produced with a team of young filmmakers in Gaza.A cinematic journey into the creative culture of kite making & flying among
Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip and a quest to break the Guinness World Record.

 

FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS

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Fri. 10th July 4pm
The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Admission Free, donations welcome

A screening of Emad Burnat’s Oscar-nominated Documentary, 5 Broken Cameras. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.”

“It presents with overwhelming power a case of injustice on a massive scale, and gives us a direct experience of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession, administered by the unyielding, stony-faced representatives of those convinced of their own righteousness.” – Philip French, The Guardian.

 

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Sat. 11th July 4pm
O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
Admission Free, donations welcome

Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Filmmaker Leila Sansour plans to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis but just few months into filming her life and the film take an unexpected turn when cousin Carol, Leila’s last relative in town, persuades her to stay in Bethlehem, her hometown she had left years before, to start a campaign to save the city.

As the pair launch OPEN BETHLEHEM, Leila finds herself trapped behind a wall in the very place she so much wanted to leave. The face of Bethlehem is changing rapidly with potentially detrimental con sequences. Reports predict that if trends continue the Christian community of Bethlehem, a city that provides a model for a multi faith Middle East, may be unsustainable within one generation. Leila’s plan to stay a year stretches to seven, and is only resolved when she realizes that, sometimes, the biggest dreams take flight from the smallest places.

OPEN BETHLEHEM is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material. In fact the making of this film has led to the creation of the largest visual archive of Bethlehem in the world and plans are currently being discussed with University College London (UCL) to turn the collection into a museum.

 

GAZA – POST OPERATION CAST LEAD and GAZA-STROPHE, PALESTINE

O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

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Sat. 11th July, 6pm

Admission free, donations welcome

‘Gaza – Post Operation Cast Lead’ by Dearbhla Glynn

Running Time: 9 mins
This short documentary by Irish filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn won the 2010 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards. The film brings us to Gaza following Operation Cast Lead in late 2008/early 2009. It offers a personal insight into the day-to-day living conditions faced by the Gaza Strip’s 1.5 million conflict-striven inhabitants.
‘Gaza-Strophe, Palestine’ by Samir Abdallah & Khéidine Mabrouk.
Running Time: 95 mins
Palestine is more a metaphor when Samir Abdallah & Khéridine Mabrouk enter Gaza on the 20th GetInline-2January 2009. Soon after the second Israeli war against Gaza, they discover the extent of the “Gaza-Strophe” side by side with their friends – Palestinian delegates of human rights. Stories of dozens of witnesses enable them to understand the extent of the Palestinian nightmare. But beyond their suffering, The Gazaoui “always wear the burden of Hope” which they keep alive through poetry,
songs and nokta (jokes or story telling)…
Colonel Desmond Travers, member of the famous Goldstone Commission :
“We visited the same places. The film confirms our findings many months
later. It is important that people should be allowed to see the film and make up their own mind on what happened during those three weeks, when the Israeli forces attacked. In fact, the 500 pages Goldstone report, describes facts in a technical and judicial language which might put some people off from reading it. By watching the film, I was made to remember that the
situation in Gaza has worsened still since those images were filmed, a year and a half ago.”