Interview with Annemarie Jacir

Annemarie Jacir

We love the subtlety of Annemarie Jacir’s films, and we are thrilled that she is taking time from a busy schedule to join us from Palestine for an interview about her work, and her views on contemporary Arab cinema. Two of Annemarie’s films, Wajib and When I Saw You are currently available to watch as … Read more

Leeds Palestinian Film Festival goes International for Its Sixth Year

Tickets are now on sale for Leeds Palestinian Film Festival’s first globally accessible online programme, taking place between 14th – 28th November.

Leeds Palestinian Film Festival’s sixth edition will be available online for the first time, providing local, national and international audiences an even more accessible way to support and engage with Palestinian art, culture, history and politics through the medium of film.

Jews Step Forward – Panel Discussion


A partnership event with Pax Christi and Justice & Peace (Leeds Diocese) THE PANEL John Battle (Chair) is the former MP for Leeds West and Chair of the Diocese of Leeds Justice & Peace Commission. He is a long-time campaigner against poverty and injustice, supporter of Palestine, and now focused on local issues. Pat Gaffney is … Read more

Conversation About Annemarie Jacir

AMJ speaker event

  Saeed Taji Farouky in conversation with Catriona Mahmoud We are delighted to be celebrating the work of the acclaimed Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir this year. Deepen your appreciation of her two successful dramas in our programme – When I Saw You and Wajib – by tuning in to this conversation about her work. Saeed … Read more

Ticketing Information

Festival Pass

Festival Pass £25 / £30 / £40 This pass is available to viewers in the United Kingdom only, and is available to purchase throughout the festival. It is your best option if you want to watch a lot of films, giving you unlimited access to all films for the duration of the festival. You decide … Read more

Palestine Underground / Made in Palestine / Colors of Resistance

Creative Eyes Film Bundle

Palestine Underground Director: Jessica Kelly Release year: 2018 Length: 27 mins Available: Worldwide The Palestinian music scene, including techno DJs, hip hop producers and rappers, refuses to dwindle. Explore the flourishing underground music scene in Occupied Palestinian Territory, the West Bank. These Palestinian artists are blossoming in their creativity despite enforced constraints from the Israeli … Read more

As Seen By Annemarie Jacir

Annemarie Jacir

Annemarie Jacir was born in Bethlehem and has been working in independent cinema since 1998. Her 2003 short film, Like Twenty Impossibles, was the first Arab short to be officially selected for Cannes; her 2008 feature Salt of This Sea was the first from a Palestinian woman. Both it and 2012’s award-winning When I Saw … Read more

Palestinian Women – Creative & Courageous

To celebrate 2020 International Women’s Day we were delighted to screen The New Women of Gaza Film by Mariam Shahin This film follows five strong-willed women who are doing their utmost to make a difference in Gaza in different walks of life – medicine, social work, photojournalism, music and local government. Despite the socio-economic conditions … Read more

Laughing for Palestine

We warmed up for our 2019 Film Festival with a cracking comedy night.  Following their appearance at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, we were delighted to present the hilarious stand-up comedy line up headlined by Gavin Webster with Isma Almas, Gary Sansome, Seymour Mace and introduced by MC Daphna Baran. The night was a fundraiser for … Read more

Voices Across the Divide

The personal journey of an American Jew raised on the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, as she explores the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.


A documentary portrait of Israeli human rights lawyer, Leah Tsemel, that gets absorbingly up close as it highlights her perspective that the Israeli legal system is ‘rigged’ against Palestinians she defends.


Just released and beautifully shot, this film captures how ordinary people find meaning behind the conflict in this small strip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea.

Scalarama Screening of Colors of Resistance

Proudly part of another Leeds Scalarama Programme, this was a evening of contemporary short films on Palestinian Life, Art and Music at the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen .  Thanks to the Belgrave for welcoming us warmly. The film line up was: ‘Colors of Resistance’ (30 mins) about art and music of Palestinians trying to retain … Read more