2016 Film Festival

This was our second festival, with a wider array of  impressive films covering many aspects of Palestinian society and history, ranging from skateboarding in the West Bank to a hard hitting documentary following an ambulance crew during the 2014 attack on Gaza. We had a great Film and Food night and a couple of fascinating Question and Answer sessions with some of the film producers.

  • Saturday 19th November, 2016

    The Great Book Robbery
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Blackwells Bookshop cafe

    When Palestinians were expelled from their land in 1948, Israeli soldiers were accompanied by librarians as they entered Palestinian homes in many towns and villages. Their mission was to collect as many valuable books and manuscripts as possible.

  • Monday 21st November, 2016

    The Promised Band
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Shine

    The moving true story of an attempt to create dialogue and friendship between Israeli and Palestinian women, using the device of a rock band to help them cross physical, legal and cultural barriers. The women’s lives are deeply affected, in unexpected ways.

  • Friday 25th November, 2016

    Epicly Palestine’d + Q & A and The Idol
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Heart

    A film about skateboarding in Palestine and The Idol, a moving, defiantly uplifting biopic of Muhammad Assaf, the Gazan wedding singer who became a worldwide TV sensation in 2013

  • Tuesday 29th November, 2016

    Rough Stage
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Perform 1, Leeds Beckett Calverley

    An artist at heart, Maher, electrical engineer and former political prisoner wants to stage a contemporary dance performance in Ramallah. His family disapprove, money’s a problem and cultural problems intercede. Will he realise his dream despite barriers, both political and cultural? Toomas Jarvet’s Rough Stage employs breathtaking desert scenes and urban locations, set as a backdrop to Maher’s art.

  • Thursday 1st December, 2016

    Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers + Q&A

    This documentary film is about a women’s football tour to the West Bank. It’s about football, and so much more.

  • Tuesday 6th December, 2016

    Speed Sisters

    This film follows the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East.

  • Friday 9th December, 2016

    Flying Paper + Return to Seifa

    An uplifting story of Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.

  • Monday 4th November, 2019

    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Everyman Leeds

    While many young people dream of leaving Gaza, Mohamed Jabaly, 24, wants to help. He aspires to make films, despite the lack of water and electricity, and closed borders that are part of “normal” everyday life under the seven-year Israeli blockade of Gaza.