Student Films from Palestine

Still from The Living of the Pigeons, directed by Baha’ Abu Shanab

Join us on Wednesday, March 28, at 6:00 PM for a screening of student films from the West Bank and Gaza, organized by Sarah Friedland, director of MDOCS Documentary Storytellers’ Institute at Skidmore College, and Nancy Kalow, filmmaker and instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Program (62 minutes total)

  • We Love Life (Mohammed S. Ewais, 2015, Al-Aqsa University, 7 minutes): A portrait of graffiti artist Bilal Khaled in Gaza.

  • The Living of the Pigeons (Baha’ Abu Shanab, 2014, Dar Al-Kalima University, 16.5 minutes): A poetic observation of day laborers going through a checkpoint.

  • Memory of a Fish (Yousef Salhi, 2017, Birzeit University, 6.5 minutes): A whimsical story of sibling rivalry and the power of a pet fish.

  • A Pen from Majddo (Mohammad Houshieh and Lana Sadaqa, 2017, Al Quds University, 10 minutes): The risky hopes for one couple divided by incarceration.

  • The Cage (Khaled Tuaima, 2016, Birzeit University, 7 minutes): The hazards of catching birds in Gaza.

  • Day 79 (Wisam Al-Jafari, 2014, Dar Al-Kalima, 10 minutes): One man detained in a theater of the absurd.

  • Reporter, Suspended (Sanabel Al-Hoot, Salam Yahya, Renad Nasser, 2015, Al Quds University 4.5 minutes): One child’s comedic view of the media coverage in Palestine.

The group of films in the program include both documentary and fiction, showcasing creative, meaningful, and universal student filmmaking. The films bring us close to a range of people and situations in today’s Palestine: artists, workers, families, and children. The seven films, take viewers to places ranging from the rubble of Gaza to the Strip’s greenest fields; from crowded checkpoints to the isolation of detention and prison; and in and around the joyful homes and everyday life in varying parts of Palestinian society.

This screening is part of the Palestinian Voices series, which is organized and co-sponsored by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS), the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, International Affairs, Media and Film Studies, Art History, History, and Hayat.

This event is free and open to the public.

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