The Cane


A challenging documentary dealing with the issue of violence against children in Palestinian society and it's economic, historic and social roots. Includes interviews and footage of children and their families from Gaza and the West Bank


Abdel Salam Shehadeh -- 26' (Palestine: 2000)

Canticle of the Stones (Le Cantique des Pierres)



This documentary-feature tells the story of two Palestinians who fall in love during the sixties. Due to the political climate, their relationship is denied its full expression when he is condemned to life imprisonment for acts of resistance against the Israelis and she emigrates to America to overcome her sorrow. Eighteen years later, they meet at the height of the Intifada. She is now a scholar and is in Jerusalem to research the meaning of sacrifice in Palestinian society, only to find him liberated and working for an agricultural aid organisation. Their feelings for each other are rekindled but time has not made things any easier. They are surrounded with chaos and violence and must struggle once more to maintain their ties. 



Michel Khleifi -- 100’ (Palestine/Belgium: 1990)

The Challenge


About the film

Commissioned for the Arab Screen Festival of March 2000 as part of a series of films on the much publicized killing of Mohamed Al-Dorra, Tahady is an account of the director’s own drastically aborted attempts to meet with his crew in Ramallah to discuss the possibility of making the short film in question. The meeting is complicated by the fact that Hassan happens to be an Israeli citizen.



Nizar Hassan -- 21' (Palestine: 2000)

Childhood in the Midst of Mines


About the film

"We're deprived from playing because of the landmines, and our families are not able to cultivate the land." Israel left many landmines in South Lebanon when they withdrew from the country in May, 2000. Following Israel's withdrawal, many children continued to be injured by these mines. This film aims to prompt both government and public action to remedy this situation.


Hicham Kayyed -- 18' (Lebanon: 2002)

Children of Fire (Atfal Jebel Nar)


About the film

When filmmaker Mai Masri returned to her hometown of Nablus after a fourteen year absence, she discovered a new generation of Palestinian fighters: the children of the Intifada. Children of Fire captures their courageous story on film and paints a daring portrait of the Palestinian uprising.


Mai Masri -- 50’, Arabic with English Subtitles (Lebanon: 1990)

Children of Shatila (Aftal Shatila)


About the film

Many people first became aware of the Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon after the shocking and horrific Sabra-Shatila massacre that took place there in 1982. Located in Beirut's "belt of misery," the camp is home to 15,000 Palestinians and Lebanese who share a common experience of displacement, unemployment and poverty. Fifty years after the exile of their grandparents from Palestine, the children of Shatila attempt to come to terms with the reality of being refugees in a camp that has survived massacre, siege and starvation. Director Mai Masri focuses on two Palestinian children in the camp: Farah, age 11 and Issa, age 12. When these children are given video cameras, the story of the camp evolves from their personal narratives as they articulate the feelings and hopes of their generation.


Mai Masri -- 50’, Arabic with English Subtitles (Lebanon: 1998)

Chronicle of a Disappearance (Sijl Ikhtifa’)


About the film

What does it mean to be Palestinian in the second half of the twentieth century? Filmmaker Elia Suleiman returned to the land of his birth to answer that question. Born in Nazareth in 1960, well after the establishment in 1948 of the State of Israel in historic Palestine, Suleiman lived for twelve years in self-imposed exile in New York. He returned to attempt to find his roots in a culture that had been uprooted. Chronicle of a Disappearance is a personal meditation on the spiritual effect of political instability on the Palestinian psyche and identity.



Elia Suleiman -- 88’ (France/Palestine: 1996)