2023 Festival 7th November – 9th December

The Leeds Palestinian Film Festival Team are filled with horror, grief and sadness at the current violent loss of life across Palestine/Israel.

We are motivated by a strong belief in justice, respect and dignity for all people, which is why we have selected the films for this festival carefully.

The intentions of our 13 outstanding and thought-provoking events are:

  • to shine a light on hidden stories of Palestinians, their history, culture and politics
  • to challenge stereotypes and one-dimensional views
  • to portray a people in all their diversity

We believe our programme provides invaluable context which can help to illuminate the root causes of the present violence, and to develop responses grounded in understanding and care for others.

All our events constitute safe spaces for constructive and respectful dialogue, with no place for racism, xenophobia or aggression.

07/11/2023 8:30 pm
Vue, The Light, LS1 8TL
The film follows three Palestinian refugees brought together by dispossession and hope for a better future.
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18/11/2023 3:00 pm
St George's Conference Centre LS1 3DL
Stirring eye-witness account with singing (+ workshop).
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21/11/2023 6:00 pm
Hyde Park Picture House, LS6 1JD
A fascinating documentary about the lives and work of Palestinian filmmakers.
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24/11/2023 7:00 pm
Heart, LS6 3HN
Zooming through neighborhoods in the West Bank, two Palestinian teenagers find freedom in their skateboarding community.
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25/11/2023 10:30 am
Carlton Hill Quaker Meeting House, LS2 9DX
Create a cross-stitch Palestinian star.
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26/11/2023 7:30 pm
Otley Courthouse, LS21 3AN
Jewish Canadian goes in search of the tree planted in Israel in his name.
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28/11/2023 7:00 pm
Holbeck Working Men's Club LS11 9QX
An elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life
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29/11/2023 6:00 pm
Hyde Park Picture House, LS6 1JD
Coming of age drama, rarely seen lives of Palestinian teens living in Israel.
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30/11/2023 7:00 pm
St Lukes Cares, LS11 6JQ
Palestine through children's eyes - animation films + refreshments
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01/12/2023 7:30 pm
Wharf Chambers, LS2 7EQ
Long lost tapes and vinyl from revolutionary tracks to 80s Funk with Mo'min Swaitat.
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03/12/2023 5:00 pm
All Hallows Church, LS6 1NP
Replaces advertised event. Films and discussion with Abdelfattah Abusrour.
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07/12/2023 7:00 pm
Seven Arts, LS7 3PD
Portrait of Marwan Barghouti, the ‘Palestinian Nelson Mandela’.
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09/12/2023 2:00 pm
Wheeler Hall, LS2 8BE
American Jews raised to unconditionally love Israel take sharp left turns.
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We recommend this non-Festival event to you

Places of Peace

Places of Peace – Event with Amos Trust

06/12/2023 7:30 pm

Left Bank Leeds, LS6 1LJ

On the road with Amos Trust this December will be Elias D’eis and Said Zarzar from Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem and special guest performers from PalArt Collective.

Adults: £5

Children and concessions: £2.50

Thanks to the generosity of those who supported the 2022 Festival, we were able to donate £600 each to Tent of Nations, Medical Aid for Palestinians and Amos Trust

This year, In light of the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza, we will be fund-raising for Medical Aid for Palestinians, donate here.