Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

People Not Places – Invincible Docu-Music-Video

People Not Places – Docu-music-video based on the song of the same name by Invincible featuring Abeer and Suhell Nafar (DAM).
Many of the lyrics to Invincible’s People Not Places may be confusing to people unfamiliar with the history, geography and struggle in Palestine. To make these lyrics more accessible, the EMERGENCE Travel Agency has provided [...]

Propaganda and Truth at the Wall

Israeli Cellcom recently released a propaganda commercial:

The brazen unreality of that commercial prompted several folks in Bil’in to find out, what in fact would happen if they tried to play a little soccer with the IDF:

thanks Eva!

SF Film Festival Under Fire, Screening Rachel Corrie Doc

Update II: Mondoweiss features Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb on the attempts to censor screening of Rachel, and paint human rights advocates as “anti-semetic”.
Update: SFJFF Executive quits over ‘Rachel’ controversy, read update: Article in SF Weekly
“…if we, as an arts organization, are going to remain relevant in our time, it really is part of our role [...]

HATTLER live! Assalamu Alaikum – concert film

“An eye for an eye,
and soon the whole world is blind”
(Mahatma Gandhi)
bass: Hellmut Hattler (Kraan, Tab Two)
drums: Oli Rubow (De Phazz, Die Fantastischen 4)
guitars: Torsten de Winkel (Pat Metheny Group, New York Jazz Guerilla)
vocals: Fola Dada (Joy Denalane, Edo Zanki)
live sound: Daniel Stämmler
visuals & light: Pete Delgado
a film by Thierry Miguet & Damian Léman 2009
original [...]

Toda Toda – Thank you for the Land

In protest to the ongoing land grab by Israeli settlers in the West-Bank John Barukhov composed a song and videoclip about these stories.  In contrast to the serious tone of protests, he boldly chose to take a satirical approach, which does an excellent job of presenting the sheer insanity that accompanies ethnic cleansing: 

Salt of This Sea – Screening at the Tribeca Film Festival

Annemarie Jacir’s award-winning directorial debut represents a fresh, viscerally affecting, and definitive statement from second-generation Palestinian Americans. Rife with symbolism, director of photography Benoit Chamaillard’s color-saturated lensing of Palestinian landscapes and composer Kamran Rastegar’s evocative score make palpable the yearning and frustration of a quest to reclaim what was stolen. –Roya Rastegar
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April 30, 2009 • Tags:  • Posted in: Film • 2 Comments

Rana Bishara – Wounds of the Heart – Documentary

Wounds of the Heart – An Artist and Her Nation
Born and raised in the village of Tarsheha in the Galilee, Rana Bishara is a Palestinian Visual Artist whose creative practice includes sculpture, installation work and performance art. Her artwork functions simultaneously as an elegy to the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for The Great Disaster [...]

Lemon Tree – NY Film Premiere

Salon: “Something like a cross between a torn-from-the-headlines docudrama, a Middle East conflict rendered in miniature and Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” this latest film from the terrific Israeli director Eran Riklis revolves around the amazing lead performance of Palestinian-French actress Hiam Abbass. Playing a dignified, lonely Palestinian widow who carries a land dispute [...]

The Land Speaks Arabic – historical account of Palestine

In this documentary by Maryse Gargour the late 19th century birth of Zionism—and its repercussions for Palestinians—is detailed with original source documents, Zionist leaders’ quotations, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians. All help to illustrate that the expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result [...]

Philip Rizk Documentary Screening in NYC

This Palestinian Life” shares stories of nonviolent struggle in Palestinian rural communities in the face of the Israeli occupation. Filmmaker Philip Rizk meets with villagers in the Gaza Strip, Jordan Valley, and the South Hebron Hills who have endured home demolitions, imprisonment, settler attacks, and other forms of oppression that threaten their very way of [...]

February 15, 2009 • Posted in: Film • No Comments