Previous Festivals

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2016 ~ Tenth Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ArtsEmerson, Somerville Theatre, and the Brookline Public Library. A special event, the second annual Palestinians, Live! show, took place at OBERON in Cambridge. The festival opened with Mai Masri’s 3000 Nights and closed with Larissa Sansour’s science fiction trilogy (A Space Exodus, Nation Estate, In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain). In keeping with the festival’s 10th Season, the main thematic thread was Past, Present, and Future. Festival guests included Mai Masri, Amahl Bishara, Silvia Chiarantini, Alessandra Cinquemani, Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp, Roger Hill, Anas Hamra, and Leila Sansour. 

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2015 ~ Ninth Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ArtsEmerson, and the Cambridge Public Library, as well as two special events, one at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge and one at Warehouse XI in Somerville. The festival opened with Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief and closed with Gabriele Del Grande’s On the Bride’s Side. Thematic threads included refugees and uniquely Palestinian stories. Festival guests included Najwa Najjar, Hind Shoufani, Amer Shomali (via Skype), Jennifer Kelley Walker, Tamara Erde (via Skype), Rami and Muayad Alayan, Carole Mansour and Muna Khalidi, and Gabriele Del Grande.

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2014 ~ Eighth Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ArtsEmerson,  Harvard University Law School, Cambridge Public Library, and West Newton Cinema. The festival opened with Cherien Dabis’ May in the Summer and closed with Jessica Habie’s Mars at Sunrise. Other thematic threads included Incendiary Summer in Gaza, Political Stasis, Diaspora Blues, Shebab in Palestine and Beyond, and more. Festival guests included Cherien Dabis (via Skype), Nadine Malouf, Tim Schwab, Serene Husni, Jaclyn Friedman, Eliyahu Unger-Sargon, and Mais Darwazeh. 

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2013 ~ Seventh Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard University Law School, and the Cambridge Public Library, as well as an Opening Party at Boston’s Charlesmark Hotel. Some 30 films of different genres, durations, and themes by Palestinian and international directors were shown. The festival opened with Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw You, a film about refugees’ yearning to return home after the 1967 war, and closed with Mahdi Fleifel’s awardwinning A World Not Ours, a film about life in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Other thematic threads were: A Shorts Program on Identity and Homeland, from Within and Afar; Art and the Human Spirit; Humor and Demons; Documenting Palestine (from the FIeld and from the Archives); Childhood and Coming of Age in Palestine; Alienation and Resistance; and Cultural Heritage. Festival guests included Annemarie Jacir (via Skype), Kamran Rastegar, Omar Robert Hamilton, Nora al-Sharif, Ana Moreno, Alice Rothchild, Gina Angelone, Mariam Shahin, David Koff, Mohammed al-Azza, and Nitin Sawhney.

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2012 ~ Sixth Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Harvard University Law School, as well as an Opening Party at Boston’s Charlesmark Hotel. Some 25 films of different genres, durations, and themes by Palestinian and international directors were shown, and the festival also included a concert by the Ali Amr Quartet at the MFA. The festival opened with Susan Youssef’s Habibi, a film about love in Gaza, and closed with Abdallah Omeish’s The War Around Us, a film about war in Gaza. Other thematic threads were: Palestinian Political Prisoners, Stories About Women, Occupation and the Environment, and Occupied Homes. Festival guests included Susan Youssef, Abdallah Omeish, Ayman Mohyeldin, Aaron Dennis, Jacob Wheeler, Konrad Aderer, and Dr. Amahl Bishara.

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2011 ~ Fifth Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings and events at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Harvard University Law School; Berklee College of Music; and the Cambridge and Brookline Public Libraries. The Opening Reception took place at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and featured the band Shusmo. Fifty films of different genres, durations, and themes by Palestinian and international directors were shown during the festival, which also included a concert by Berklee students in celebration of the legacy of Edward Said. The festival opened with Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains and closed with Sameh Zoabi’s Man Without a Cellphone. Thematic threads included: the work of Elia Suleiman, celebrating the legacy of Edward Said, homage to past and revolutions in honor of the Arab Spring, challenging the status quo, and women making movies. Attending guests included Elia Suleiman, Sameh Zoabi, President Roger Brown of Berklee College, the Consul-General of France, Dr. Adel Iskander of Georgetown University, Lillie Paquette, Samir Abdallah, Ibstisam Mara’aneh, Rajie Cook, Dahna Abourahme, Gabriella Bier, Osama Zatar, and Zeina Durra.

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2010 ~ Fourth Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings and events at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Harvard Film Archive; Harvard University Law School; the Cambridge Public Library; Somerville Theatre; and the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, with an Opening Night reception at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts featuring Tareq Rantisi and Ali ‘Amr in a live musical performance. About 45 films of different genres, durations, and themes by Palestinian and international directors were screened. The festival opened with Zindeeq, by Michel Khleifi and closed with Port of Memory, by Kamal Aljafari. The festival included a 2-part Gaza Program and a Palestinian Women Directors Program. In attendance at the festival were Najwa Najjar, Michel Khleifi, Mohammed Alatar, Mahasen Nasr al-Din, and Kamal AlJafari. As part of the festival, BPFF co-presented the comedy show Arabs Gone Wild! featuring Dean Obeidallah, Aron Kader, and Maysoon Zayid. BPFF also presented a major concert by Le Trio Joubran, ‘oud maestros from Nazareth, in their Boston Debut.

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2009 ~ Third Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Harvard University Law School; the Harvard Film Archive; and the Kendall Square Theatre in Cambridge. The Opening Night reception took place at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville and featured comedian Maysoon Zayid and poet and writer Remi Kanazi. About 52 films of different genres, durations, and themes by Palestinian and international directors were screened. The festival opened with Pomegranates and Myrrh, by Najwa Najjar and closed with Laila’s Birthday, by Rashid Masharawi, which was part of a Masharawi retrospective. The festival included a Gaza in Focus program, a Young Palestinian Filmmakers Series, and a film/poetry event honoring the late Mahmoud Darwish. In attendance at the festival were Najwa Najjar; Norman Finkelstein; Dr. Amahl Bishara and Nidal al-Azraq; Dr. Nadim Rouhana; and Nitin Sawhney.

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2008 ~ Second Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings and events at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Harvard Film Archive; Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline; Northeastern University; and Harvard University, and Harvard Law School. The Festival Opening Reception at Harvard University featured the Expressions of Nakba Exhibit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. About 55 films of different genres, durations, and themes by Palestinian and international directors were screened. The festival opened with Sling Shot Hip Hop, by Jackie Salloum, and closed with Salt of this Sea, by Annemarie Jacir. It also featured a retrospective of the work of Michel Khleifi. Attending guests included Jackie Salloum, Michel Khleifi, Annemarie Jacir, and Suheir Hammad. BPFF also presented the Simon Shaheen Trio in concert at the MFA.

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2007 ~ First Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival

This year’s festival featured screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Harvard University; Kendall Square Cinema; and Coolidge Corner Theatre, as well as a Festival Opening Party at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts featuring Simon Shaheen, Aboud Albert Agha, Anastassia Zachariadou, and others.  About 42 films of different genres, durations, and themes by Palestinian and international directors were shown during the festival. The festival opened with Leila Khaled: Hijacker, by Lina Makboul and closed with Driving to Zigzigland, by Nicole Ballivan. Attending guests included Lina Makboul, Nicole Ballivan, Hamid Debashi, Mohammed Bakri, Juliano Mer Khamis, Miguel Littin, Muayad Alayan Diana Keown Allan, Ayelet Bechar, Nida Sinnokrot, Tariq Nasir, and Andrew Courtney and Emily Perry.