This year’s CINEMA PALESTINO at the Showroom is screening two major award-winning new films by well-known Palestinian women filmmakers.
3000 Nights, Mai Masri, 103mins, Palestine-France-Jordan-Lebanon-UAW-Qatar 2015, Sunday 27 November 2016, 16.00
Layal, Palestinian, is a newly married teacher, who finds herself in prison – wrongly, as is the case for many Palestinian prisoners. She passes through the cells of Israeli women (in for common criminality). After discovering that she is pregnant, she is eventually moved to a cell of Palestinian women where her son is born and spends his early years. This beautifully made film takes us from Layal’s experience of disdain and cruelty to one of caring, even in prison, and the communality of her fellow Palestinian women prisoners.
Winner: Vallodolid Intntnl Film Festival Audience Award; Women’s Intntnl Film & TV Showcase Jury Award; Annonay Intntnl Festival Audience Award
Nominated: London FF First Feature; Dubai Intntnl FF Best Fiction Feature
Trip Along Exodus, Hind Shoufani, 2014 Lebanon-Syria-Palestine-USA-UAE , Wednesday 7 December 2016 8pm
Hind Shoufani’s father was/is the highly esteemed Palestinian intellectual and academic, Dr Elias Shoufani (1932-2013), who was the Arab world’s leading analyst of the state of Israel and its policies and practices that were/are informed by Zionist ideology. He was born in the Galilee, where his village, Mi’liya, was destroyed in 1948, and he and his family became refugees. He was educated within the new Zionist state but went on, in the 1960s, to achieve a PhD in Islamic Studies at Princeton University. After 1967 Shoufani joined the PLO. He understood, however, that Israel had no intention to negotiate a two-state solution and, in 1983, he instigated an intifada against Yasser Arafat. Later, he joined the Institute for Palestine Studies as a Director of Research.
This is a personal, poetic and political archive and interview journey by Hind Shoufani to discover family history, much of which had been hidden from her and her sister, and the story of her father’s life, which led to his frequent absence and to them growing up with secrets, bodyguards and security bars round their balcony.
Winner: Best Non-European Documentary at the European Independent Film Festival, Paris; Audience Award at the Cairo International Women’s Film Festival