Scene from It’s What We Do: A Play About the Occupation

It’s What We Do: A Play About the Occupation (2020)

Opening card: “This play goes beyond the headline to show what the Israeli occupation looks like on a daily basis; how it affects Israeli soldiers and enforcers, as well as Palestinians living under it. It is based on testimonies of Israeli soldiers given to Breaking the Silence. All reflections and story narrations are taken verbatim from these testimonies. The enacted scenes are created by the playwright.” […]

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Title image from A People Without a Land

A People Without a Land (2020)

We like to program one “history” film per cycle. This is our pick for 2020, which covers the 1948 Nakba forward. More than three dozen experts guide us on our journey.

Settlement expansion across Palestine is out of control. Is the patchwork of remaining Palestinian land now so fragmented that it could never be a viable future state? […]

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Scene from 1948 creation and catastrophe

1948: Creation and Catastrophe (2019)

Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. It is simply not possible to make sense of what is happening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today without an understanding of 1948 […]

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The Great Book Robbery (2019)

This film chronicles an unknown story of the destruction of Palestinian culture in 1948 through the account of 70,000 Palestinian books that were looted by the newly created State of Israel. When Palestinians were expelled from their homes, all that was left – furniture, musical instruments, carpets, and also valuable books – were there for the taking. First soldiers walked from home to home and took what they wanted. An hour or so later, official looters would arrive. Nothing remained. Thousands of books arrived at the National Library and the Hebrew University, labeled, AP: Abandoned Property […]

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Soufra (2019)

This film has quite a different flavor than the others of the Film Festival. From the Director’s statement, “Delicious food, an inspiring entrepreneur, a true underdog pursuing a seemingly impossible goal, and learning to drive for the first time at age 42? These, I believe, are the ingredients of a great story.” […]

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Firefighters Under Occupation (2019)

Firefighters risk their lives for people they don’t even know. It’s in their DNA no matter where they serve. “Firefighters Under Occupation” chronicles the life experiences of Palestinian firefighters in their daily difficulties as they face two enemies – fires and the occupation. These men work under intimidation and even gunfire by Israeli soldiers, as they fight fires and come to the aid of the people they serve […]

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The Lobby USA (2019)

The Lobby USA describes an undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the US and their relationship to suppress the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, with special emphasis on discrediting college campus activists in the United States, as well as general influence in the US political system […]

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The Stones Cry Out (2018)

Christianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware Christians still live in the land.

For more than 60 years the Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression.

The voices of Palestinian Christians have all too often been drowned out in the turmoil of events.

This is their story, in their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today […]

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