Since You've Been Gone (Min Yum Mahrucht)



Since You Left by renowned actor and director Mohammad Bakri is neither a eulogy to his friend and mentor, the writer and politician Emile Habibi, nor is it an account of the late author's life and work. It is instead a poignant and deeply personal letter to the departed. Bakri's autobiographical narrative in Since You Left revolves around a visit to the gravesite of Emile Habibi. The trajectory of the film unfolds like a conversation between two long lost friends; utilizing stock footage and home movies, Bakri tells Habibi of births, deaths and the events that have shaken the region since his passing in 1996. In Arabic, English Hebrew with English subtitles.


Mohammad Bakri -- 59’, Arabic/Hebrew/English (Israel: 2005)

Slingshot Hip Hop



Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.



Jackie Salloum -- Documentary, 80’, Arabic/Hebrew/English (USA: 2008)

Song on a Narrow Path; Stories from Jerusalem



A portrait of Jerusalem, through the lives of three people who embody the city: Reem, an artist, Ali, a black political prisoner, and Farouq, who lives on the memories of a glorious past. For them, Jerusalem is a dream that troubles the'd and spirit, between the recurring violence and simple survival.



Akram Safadi -- Documentary, 52’ (Italy/Belgium/France: 2001)

The States of Things



"The States of Things" is a B&W film of a Salvation Army jumble sale that is set to an old Egyptian love song by Um Kolthoum. Elderly ladies rummage through jumble at a sale held by the Salvation Army in Glasgow. 'Jumble sales aren't part of the normal capitalist system, so it doesn’t look quite like a Western Europe in the 21st century. And the music also makes the viewer unsure when or where this is.'


Rosalind Nashashibi -- Experimental documentary, 3’ (UK: 2000)

Staying Alive (Bidna Na’ish)



An examination of the motives of Palestinian youths who risk their lives to throw stones at Israeli soldiers. The director asks: Why don't they fear death or injury? How aware are they of what is happening around them? What political thoughts drive them to go and possibly fight to their deaths?


Ghada Terawi -- Documentary, 28’ (Palestine/Switzerland: 2001)

Suspended Dreams (Ahlam Mu'allakah)



Through the eyes of two ex-militia fighters, a critical playwright and a woman looking for her kidnapped husband, this documentary looks at a Beirut community rebuilding its life after 16 years of war.


Mai Masri & Jean Chamoun -- 50', Arabic (Lebanon: 1992)

Take My Sister and Give Me Yours


Suha Arraf -- documentary (Palestine: 1997)

Tale of Three Jewels (Hikayatul Jawahiri Thalath)



A mixture of realism and allegory set against the backdrop of the Palestinian uprising in Gaza. Youssef, a 12 year-old Palestinian boy, tries to win the love of Aida, a Gypsy girl. Aida offers her heart, but on the condition that he finds her grandmother’s lost jewels. Youssef is so smitten with Aida that he embarks on a mystical pursuit, which leads him to a wise old man, a mysterious scroll, death and resurrection.



Michel Khleifi -- Fiction, 107’ (Belgium/Palestine: 1995)