Following in the footsteps of other Palestinian international film festivals in London, Boston, Madrid and Santiago, the purpose of the Buenos Aries Festival is to engage Latin American audiences with filmic depictions of Palestinian history and cultures.
The Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) at Columbia University presents its first Palestinian Film Festival in Buenos Aries. The festival from August 13-19, 2015 will feature iconic works from Palestinian cinema, which has emerged as a globally influential artistic force.
The program includes the screening of four feature films and three short films, with subtitles in Spanish, together with a series of lectures by special distinguished guest Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
Professor Dabashi is a renowned film expert, and the founder of Dreams of a Nation, a Palestinian Film Project, which is dedicated to preserving and safeguarding Palestinian cinema. Dabashi has organized Palestinian film festivals both in Palestine and the United States and is on the advisory board of a number of other Palestinian film festivals worldwide. His edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema was the first major multi-author treatment of the subject.
This festival is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, Programa Sur Global at Univeridad Nacional de San Martin, in collaboration with Buenos Aires Mon Amour (BAMA) and Centro Cultural de la Cooperacion Floreal Gorini.