Nazareth 2000 (Nasira Alfein)



Returning to his native city just months before the new millennium, filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, captures the daily, idiosyncratic beats of Nazareth - a city both Christian and Muslim consider one of the most sacred in the world. Today, 72 percent of the inhabitants are Muslim, but most of the land is owned by Christian institutions - a situation that causes great tension. Set against the background of the riots surrounding a square that both Christians and Muslims lay claim to, Abu-Assad allows his story, NAZARETH 2000, to unfold through the eyes of two cynical, funny and wise gas station attendants who have been working at the service station for decades. Their comments on the political and social conditions of their city paint both a tragic and subtle image of its inhabitants.



Hany Abu-Assad -- 55' (Palestine/Netherlands: 2001)

Newstime (Zaman al-Akhbar)



This documentary film celebrates life's little details, and at the same time reveals the layers of our relationship with death and life. The film is a diary of the director's life and that of four boys who live in her neighborhood. As political reality worsens, the five characters find that their life's small details are taken over by political events.


Azza El-Hassan -- 54' (Palestine: 2001)

Night of Soldiers



A short film offering an impressionistic glimpse into the experience of Palestinians in Ramallah living under military siege.


Mohammed al-Sawalmeh -- 15' (Palestine: 2002)

Nothing to Lose



A young man who has learned early in life to fight for what he believes in must take on the city's crime lords single-handedly after they kill his father and the rest of his family. With no one left, he has nothing to lose.



Izidore Musallam -- 90' (Canada: 1994)




In June of 2002, on the brink of the U.S. war on Iraq, the construction of a 230-mile barrier began. Though it is referred to as a “security fence” by Israel, the form changes along the route, and near large cities it is actually a concrete wall twice as high as the former Berlin Wall. Obstacle is a feature documentary that explores the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through tracing the construction of the Israeli Apartheid Wall. The wall will serve as a thematic backbone, through which the documentary will examine several key issues: the silent yet critical war over natural resources, the threat to peace posed by Israeli settlements, and the idea of “transfer” now openly discussed as a way to purge Palestinians from their ancestral land. Obstacle also explores the importance of the Israeli left, the many internationals in solidarity with Palestinians, and the emergence of a non-violent resistance movement. The film’s unique approach immerses the viewer in the confusion and desperation the Palestinians encounter daily as they seek to understand this wall’s impact on their lives.


Nida Sinnokrot -- Documentary, 115’, English (Palestine/USA: 2003)

Oh, Grandmother (Ah Ya Sity)



A historical overview vis-à-vis Palestine, especially the history of Jerusalem, through my grandmother’s eyes. She tells her side of the story since childhood, while the Ottoman Empire was still colonizing Palestine.


Enas I. Muthaffar -- Documentary, 5' (Egypt: 2000)