Mariam Zaqout

Mariam Zaqout

Mariam is a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds. She comes from Palestine, Gaza. Her focus is the political economy challenges related to delivering public services to the poor. Mariam is always keen to talk about the unusual, determined and varied lives of the people of Gaza.

Sally Azzam

Sally Azzam

Sally Azzam is a Palestinian social activist who has worked for many years in human rights and women’s organisations in her home town of Nazareth, the largest Palestinian community in Israel. She is married to a British journalist, Jonathan Cook, she met in Nazareth in the early stages of the second intifada. They have two … Read more

Leeds Palestinian Film Festival 2020 FAQs

General How do I access the films in the programme? Films and Festival Passes can be booked via the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival website, once purchased you can view each film by signing in through each film’s event page. Our full programme can be found here. How do I access the speaker events? Speaker events … 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

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

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

Scalarama Screening of ‘The Wanted 18’

As part of the fantastic Leeds Scalamara 2018 programme, we organised a Film and Food Fundraiser. We needed to raise funds for our 2018 Film Festival in order to pay for some great films and travel expenses for speakers.  We served lovely homemade Middle Eastern food and showed one of our festival favourites, ‘The Wanted 18’. … Read more

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

This UK premiere was proudly presented with Leeds International Film Festival. It was also shown on Thursday 8 November 3.30pm and Sunday 11 November 3.30 pm. Sarah, an Israeli, runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they … Read more