History

The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) originated in Tawassul, an organization committed to sharing and celebrating Palestinian arts and culture.

Since its founding in 2007, BPFF has presented more than 300 Palestine-related films and numerous major concerts, workshops, and art exhibits. We have brought New England audiences dozens of filmmakers, musicians, and artists — including Elia Suleiman, Michael Khleifi, Annemarie Jacir, Cherien Dabis, Najwa Najjar, Nicole Ballivan, Jackie Salloum, Muhammad Bakri, Mohamed Alatar, Sameh Zoabi, Kamal AlJafari, Samir Abdallah, Marcel Khalife, Trio Joubran, Simon Shaheen, Ali Amr, Shusmo, DAM, Shadia Mansour, Suheir Hamad, Remi Kenazi, Maysoon Zayyid, and others.

In  2008, BPFF presented the Expressions of Nakba exhibit, as part of an international competition and exhibition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba.

Also in 2008, the festival organizers were honored by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee – Massachusetts Chapter with the “Dedication to Activism Through Arts” award.