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The Tower (2021)

This animated movie follows Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, who lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather Sidi was one of the first people to settle in the camp after being chased from his home back in 1948. The day Sidi gives her the key to his old house back in Galilee, she fears he may have lost hope of someday going home. As she searches for Sidi’s lost hope around the camp, she will collect her family’s testimonies, from one generation to the next […] (Sunday, June 13)

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Objector (Spring 2021)

The conflict in Palestine-Israel is decades old and so is the dispossession of the Palestinian people. However, this conflict is not presented as a human rights issue in mainstream American media. It is highly politicized and distorted. The idea of the Witness Palestine Film Series is to address such misconceptions by screening documentary and narrative films about the conflict, compelling films which illustrate the realities on the ground in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories […]

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‘Til Kingdom Come (2021)

Documentary PBS, Independent Lens Filmmaker: Maya Zinshtein Availability: see note below Online Discussion: Monday, April 5 2021, 8:00pm EDT with Don Wagner and Jonathan Brenneman This program has ended. You can watch a recording on our YouTube channel reached through rw4p.org/YouTube. With an estimated 30 million Christian Zionists in the U.S., it’s important for us to unpack the […]

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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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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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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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