Boston Palestine Film Festival to celebrate it’s 5th year in Boston

The Boston Palestine Film Festival will mark it’s 5th anniversary when it opens Friday, October 21st at the Museum of Fine Arts. The nine day festival will be screening over 50 Palestinian-related films created by Palestinian, American, Israeli, and other international film makers at the MFA and venues across Boston.

Elia Suleiman’s semi-autobiographical black comedy, The Time that Remains, will be the opening feature Friday evening, screening in the MFA’s Remis Auditorium at 6:30 pm. The film is co-presented with the Consulate General of France in Boston – Consul General Christophe Guilhou will be in attendance – and is sponsored by Northeastern University’s Program in Cinema Studies, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the Middle East Center for Peace, Culture & Development.

Samir Abdalla’s Gazastrophe will make its North American premiere at Harvard’s Austin Hall, room 101 on Tuesday, October 25th. The documentary was filmed immediately after a ceasefire was declared between Israel and Gaza after tensions flared from December 2008 through January 2009, and focuses on the destruction and reconstruction of Gaza.

Ibtisam Mara’ana’s Paradise Lost and 77 Steps will also be featured.  The former is a documentary about the Arab-Israeli town Fureidis, one of the few left standing after the 1948 war, while the later documents Mara’ana’s life after moving to Tel-Aviv, breaking taboo in the form of a newly kindled relationship with a Canadian Jew. Mara’ana’s films will be shown on Wednesday, October 26 at the MFA’s Alfond Auditorium starting at 6:15 pm.

There are numerous other events and screenings at venues such as the Brookline Public Library, Cambridge Public Library and at Berklee College of Music, many of which are free. However some of the screenings require a ticket.

For a list of movies and ticket prices, see the banner below.

Since 2007, the Boston Palestine Film Festival has been one of a proliferating number of Palestinian film festivals worldwide. Others have been established in London, Toronto, Sydney, Chicago, Houston, Ann Arbor, and the newest – opening this past September – in Washington DC.


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