Events Archive

Here you will find a chronological list of all past events which we have organised. For a list of all the past festivals and special projects see the Programme Archive page.

  • Friday 13th March, 2020

    Palestinian Women – Creative & Courageous
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Venue: Heart, Bennett Road, LS6 3HN
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  • Friday 13th March, 2020

    Palestinian Women: Courageous & Creative
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Venue: Heart, Bennett Road, LS6 3HN

    Palestinian Women Creative & Courageous: an inspiring double bill event

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  • Sunday 12th January, 2020

    ‘Wall’ New Year 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Venue: Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse Street, LS6 2NY

    Leeds Palestinian Film Festival are pleased to bring you this free repeat screening of ‘Wall’

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  • Sunday 12th January, 2020

    New Year 2020 screening ‘Wall’
    Time: 4:30 pm
    Venue: Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse Street, LS6 2NY

    Leeds Palestinian Film Festival are pleased to bring you this free repeat screening of ‘Wall’

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  • Tuesday 10th December, 2019

    In Between
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Heart, Bennett Road, LS6 3HN

    Three Palestinian women share a flat in Tel Aviv, each fighting their own battles to free themselves from the rule-bound Arab world and the inequality of Israeli society. 

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  • Friday 6th December, 2019

    Soufra: Film & Food Night
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse Street, LS6 2NY

    Against all odds, Mariam Shaar built a food truck catering business from the confines of a refugee camp in Lebanon, supported and run by Palestinian, Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese women.

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  • Wednesday 4th December, 2019

    Beyond the frontlines
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Rosebowl, Leeds Beckett University, Portland Way, Leeds LS1 3HB

    A documentary that takes us on a journey both within our own minds and on the roads of Palestine, led by Palestinian psychiatrist and writer Dr. Samah Jabr.

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  • Tuesday 3rd December, 2019

    Gaza
    Time: 6:15 pm
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Rd, LS6 1JD

    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.

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  • Sunday 1st December, 2019

    Advocate
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Venue: Pyramid Theatre, Leeds University Union, 2 Lifton Place, LS2 9JZ

    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.

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  • Wednesday 27th November, 2019

    Jeremy Hardy v The Israeli Army
    Time: 7:45 pm
    Venue: Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN

    Stand-up comedian Jeremy Hardy travels to the occupied West Bank and experiences the brutality of the Israeli military.

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  • Monday 25th November, 2019

    Wall
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Seven Artspace, 31A Harrogate Rd, LS7 3PD

    A compelling animated documentary that follows Sir David Hare’s journey to Palestine/Israel. David Hare will join us for a Q & A.

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  • Friday 22nd November, 2019

    Voices Across the Divide
    Time: 5:15 pm
    Venue: Wheeler Hall, at the back of St. Anne’s Cathedral,  LS2 8BE

    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.

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  • Wednesday 20th November, 2019

    It Must Be Heaven
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Rd, LS6 1JD
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  • Monday 18th November, 2019

    It Must Be Heaven
    Time: 8:30 pm
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Rd, LS6 1JD

    Filmmaker Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine.

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  • Sunday 17th November, 2019

    Laughing for Palestine
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Seven Artspace, 31A Harrogate Rd, LS7 3PD
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  • Monday 4th November, 2019

    Ambulance
    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.

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  • Monday 23rd September, 2019

    Scalarama Screening of Colors of Resistance
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP
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  • Sunday 10th March, 2019

    Naila and the Uprising
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9DX
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  • Saturday 9th March, 2019

    Stitching Palestine
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9DX
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  • Saturday 9th March, 2019

    Stitching Workshop, Display & Talk
    Time: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9DX
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  • Tuesday 11th December, 2018

    Disturbing the Peace
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Heart, Bennett Road, LS6 3HN

    ‘Disturbing the Peace’ follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough”. 

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  • Saturday 8th December, 2018

    Naila and the Uprising
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Carriageworks, Leeds Millennium Square, LS2 3AD

    Women are at the forefront when an uprising breaks out in 1987. Naila, an iron-willed young Palestinian woman in Gaza, promotes non-violent struggle and must make a choice between love, family and freedom.

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  • Tuesday 4th December, 2018

    Around the Wall plus Shireen of al-Walaja
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf St, LS2 7EQ

    The latest visit of a UK women’s football team – including Leeds Republica FC players – to the West Bank.   They talk to Palestinian women about the obstacles they face to play football and bring us up to date news of life and the discrimination faced under occupation.

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  • Sunday 2nd December, 2018

    Killing Gaza
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Venue: Pyramid Theatre, Leeds University Union, 2 Lifton Place, LS2 9JZ

    Killing Gaza chronicles the crushing toll of Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza giving an unflinching and moving portrait of a people largely abandoned by the outside world.

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  • Monday 26th November, 2018

    Stitching Palestine
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Seven Artspace, 31A Harrogate Rd, LS7 3PD

    Palestinian women from different walks of life share their moving life stories, all connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery.

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  • Saturday 24th November, 2018

    Road Map to Apartheid
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Venue: Carriageworks, Leeds Millennium Square, LS2 3AD

    ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa – as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today

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  • Thursday 22nd November, 2018

    1948: Creation & Catastrophe
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Business School Western Lecture Theatre, 128, Belle Vue Road, LS3 1HF

    Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, this film tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it.

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  • Tuesday 20th November, 2018

    Wajib
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Rd, Leeds LS6 1JD

    A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom

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  • Thursday 15th November, 2018

    Firefighters under Occupation
    Time: 7:45 pm
    Venue: Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN

    Firefighters under Occupation gives a unique insight into the life of firefighters in the world’s longest running military occupation.

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  • Sunday 11th November, 2018

    The Reports of Sarah and Saleem
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Venue: Vue Leeds, No. 22, The Light, The Headrow, LS1 8TL
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  • Saturday 10th November, 2018

    The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
    Time: 10:30 am
    Venue: Vue Leeds, No. 22, The Light, The Headrow, LS1 8TL
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  • Thursday 8th November, 2018

    The Reports of Sarah and Saleem
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Venue: Vue Leeds, No. 22, The Light, The Headrow, LS1 8TL

    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 embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families.

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  • Sunday 30th September, 2018

    Scalarama Screening of ‘The Wanted 18’
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Venue: Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse Street, LS6 2NY
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  • Sunday 5th August, 2018

    100 Years of Suffrage – Screening of “Shireen of al-Walaja”
    Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Venue: Aire Place Studios

    A pedal powered screening of ‘Shireen of al-Walaja’.

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  • Saturday 3rd March, 2018

    International Women’s Day 2018
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    Find out more about International Women’s Day events 3-10 March 2018

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  • Saturday 9th December, 2017

    Film Maker as Activist – an afternoon of short films and discussion with Jon Pullman
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Venue: Blackwells Bookshop, 21 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9HJ

    In a period of such catastrophic human displacement in the Middle East, few people realise that the largest single refugee population in the world remains that of the Palestinians, ejected from their lands in 1948. This film shows how these long-term dispossessed and stateless people a largely forgotten reality.

     

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  • Friday 8th December, 2017

    Existence is Resistance
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, LS7 3LW

    Join us for an evening of film and conversation on the theme of ‘Sumud’ – literally ‘steadfastness’ – with three short films and a photographic exhibition of Sumud posters from the Separation Wall in Bethlehem.

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  • Saturday 2nd December, 2017

    The Occupation of the American Mind
    Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Venue: https://www.carriageworkstheatre.co.uk/

    The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, focusing on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters, lead singer of rock band Pink Floyd.

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  • Saturday 2nd December, 2017

    Balls, Barriers & Bulldozers – film & talk
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Venue: The Red Shed, 18 Vicarage Street, Wakefield, WF1 1QX

    Balls, Barriers & Bulldozers is a documentary film about a women’s football tour to the West Bank in 2014. The tour aimed to build solidarity with women footballers in Palestine and for the UK teams (including Leeds based Republica women’s team) to learn about life under occupation.

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  • Thursday 30th November, 2017

    The Idol
    Time: 7:45 pm
    Venue: Otley Courthouse

    The Idol is a moving, defiantly uplifting biopic of Muhammad Assaf, the Gazan wedding singer who became a worldwide TV sensation in 2013.

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  • Sunday 26th November, 2017

    The Time that Remains
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Rd, Leeds LS6 1JD

    ‘The Time That Remains’ is a semi-biographical drama written and directed by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman in 2009. It gives an account of the creation of the Israeli state from 1948 to the present by following strands of his and his father’s lives.

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  • Friday 24th November, 2017

    Firefighters Under Occupation – film, food and talk night
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, LS9 6NL

    Lack of even the most basic firefighting equipment prompted the FBU to contact Palestinian firefighters several years ago. Now a new film traces what happened when one FBU member returned.

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  • Saturday 18th November, 2017

    The Occupation of the American Mind – film & talk
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Venue: Carriageworks, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD

    The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, focusing on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters, lead singer of rock band Pink Floyd.

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  • Wednesday 15th November, 2017

    Gaza Surf Club
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: The Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, LS1 3AD
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  • Monday 13th November, 2017

    Gaza Surf Club
    Time: 8:15 pm
    Venue: The Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, LS1 3AD

    The world of Gaza’s surfing enthusiasts, where a formidable resilience pulses within a beleaguered population.

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  • Saturday 11th March, 2017

    The Promised Band
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Blackwells Bookshop cafe, LS2 9HJ

    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.

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  • Sunday 5th March, 2017

    3000 Nights
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House, LS6 1JD

    Layla is an ordinary young Palestinian school teacher, arrested on false charges and incarcerated with criminals in a high security Israeli women’s prison. Somehow she manages to transcend the bleakness of her situation.

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  • Friday 9th December, 2016

    Flying Paper + Return to Seifa
    Venue: Woodhouse Community Centre

    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.

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  • Tuesday 6th December, 2016

    Speed Sisters
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House

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

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  • Thursday 1st December, 2016

    Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers + Q&A
    Venue: Otley Courthouse

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Tuesday 15th December, 2015

    Open Bethlehem
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House

    Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her hometown, soon to be encircled by a wall.

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  • Thursday 10th December, 2015

    On the Side of the Road + Q & A
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Hamara Centre

    This documentary by Israeli journalist Lia Tarachansky examines the collective Israeli denial about the expulsion and displacement of Palestinians in the wake of the 1948 war for independence.

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  • Friday 4th December, 2015

    Divine Intervention
    Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Venue: HEART Centre

    This surreal black comedy made by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman records a day in the life of a Palestinian living in Nazareth, whose girlfriend lives several checkpoints away in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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  • Saturday 28th November, 2015

    Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers + Q & A
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Carriageworks

    The film follows two UK women’s football teams as they visit teams across the West Bank, even playing the Palestinian U19s team in the national stadium.

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  • Monday 23rd November, 2015

    Two Blue Lines
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Beckett Studio

    Shot over a period of 32 years, this documentary examines the human and political situation of Palestinian people from the years prior to the creation of Israel to the present day.

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  • Tuesday 17th November, 2015

    Amreeka
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Seven Arts Centre

    This lighthearted film chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois.

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  • Sunday 15th November, 2015

    The Wanted 18
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Leeds Town Hall

    This winning mix of documentary and clay-animation offers an unexpectedly humorous account of a West Bank town’s experience of the first Intifada, a subject that doesn’t usually generate a lot of laughs in cinema.

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