Schedule

This year's Festival Program features a thread of repeating shorts that pay tribute to the extraordinary resilience of the Palestinians in Gaza, who suffered a catastrophic offensive over the summer.

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Friday, October 17

7:00 pm

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Director Dabis in virtual conversation following film

Opening Film | Museum of Fine Arts

Shuja'iyah: Land of the Brave

by Hadeel Assali

2014 | Documentary Short | 5 min

One filmmaker’s response to Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge.' More »

May in the Summer

by Cherien Dabis

2013 | Drama Comedy | 100 min

As May’s wedding approaches, she finds herself confronting her family’s turbulent past. More »

9:30 pm

No ticket required. Cash Bar.

Festival Opening Party | The Charlesmark Hotel & Lounge

Come celebrate with us after the Opening Night Film! More »

Saturday, October 18

12:30 pm

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Suspended Time | Museum of Fine Arts

Shuja'iyah: Land of the Brave

by Hadeel Assali

2014 | Documentary Short | 5 min

One filmmaker’s response to Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge.' More »

The Goodness Regime

by Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle

2013 | Creative Documentary | 21 min

A satirical deconstruction of Norway's “goodness regime." More »

Suspended Time

by Ahmed Abu Nasser, Mohammed Abu Nasser, Assem Nasser, Amin Nayfeh, Alaa Al Ali, Yazan Khalil, Asma Ghanem, Muhannad Salahat, Ayman Azraq, Mahdi Fleifel

2013 | DocumentaryDramaVideo art | 57 min

Nine Palestinian artists reflect on the 20-year interval since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords. More »

2:30 pm

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Director Schwab in conversation following film

Cinema Palestine | Museum of Fine Arts

Sayadeen (Fishermen)

by Murat Gokmen

2012 | Documentary Short | 14 min

The perils of fishing off the coast of Gaza. More »

Cinema Palestine

by Tim Schwab

2014 | Documentary | 79 min

An exploration of the lives and work of generations of Palestinian filmmakers and media artists. More »

6:00 pm

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May in the Summer | West Newton Cinema

May in the Summer

by Cherien Dabis

2013 | Drama Comedy | 100 min

As May’s wedding approaches, she finds herself confronting her family’s turbulent past. More »

Sunday, October 19

12:30 pm

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Incendiary Summer in Gaza | Museum of Fine Arts

Shuja'iyah: Land of the Brave

by Hadeel Assali

2014 | Documentary Short | 5 min

One filmmaker’s response to Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge.' More »

Sayadeen (Fishermen)

by Murat Gökmen

2012 | Documentary Short | 14 min

The perils of fishing off the coast of Gaza. More »

The War Around Us

by Abdallah Omeish

2012 | Documentary | 75 min

A cinematic window into understanding what Palestinians in Gaza lived through in the summer of 2014. More »

3:00 pm

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Director Husni in conversation following film

Diaspora Blues | Museum of Fine Arts

The Turtle's Rage

by Pary El-Qalqili

2012 | Documentary | 70 min

The director goes on a quest to know her Palestinian father, whose life has been molded by flight, expulsion, and exile. More »

Zinco

by Serene Husni

2013 | Documentary Short | 21 min

An invitation to reflect on the universal need for a home. More »

Monday, October 20

6:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Co-presented by the Irish Film Festival Boston

Shebab in Palestine and Beyond | Cambridge Public Library

The Freedom Fighter

by Mohammed Moawia

2014 | Documentary | 31 min

Traces one man's evolution from armed resistance fighter to actor in the Freedom Theatre. More »

Burhan Kashoor

by Mohammed al-Fateh Abu-Sneineh

2014 | Documentary Short | 16 min

A young rapper from Jerusalem faces challenges. More »

Small Hands in Handcuffs

by Anrai Carroll

2014 | Documentary | 45 min

A 16-year-old boy from Ireland decides to chronicle child arrests in the West Bank. More »

Dear Hassan

by Axel Salvatori-Sinz

2014 | Documentary Short | 4 min

Reminiscence for a friend in Yarmouk refugee camp. More »

Tuesday, October 21

5:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Jaclyn Friedman, Partners for Peace Delegate in conversation following film

Partners for Peace | Cambridge Public Library

Partners for Peace

by Ed Kucerak

2013 | Documentary | 101 min

A delegation of women meet women activists in Palestine and Israel and come away changed. More »

7:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

Co-presented with the Bright Lights Series at Emerson College

Omar | Paramount Center

Omar

by Hany Abu-Assad

2013 | Drama | 98 min

A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. More »

Wednesday, October 22

6:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Co-presented with Harvard Law School Justice for Palestine

The Fading Valley | Harvard Law School

Sayadeen (Fishermen)

by Murat Gokmen

2012 | Documentary Short | 14 min

The perils of fishing off the coast of Gaza. More »

High Hopes

by Guy Davidi

2014 | Documentary Short | 14 min

"High hopes" from peace talks have come to naught for Beduin refugees living near Jerusalem. More »

The Fading Valley

by Irit Gal

2013 | Documentary | 54 min

Palestinian farmers in the fertile Jordan Valley share their stories. More »

7:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Director Unger-Sargon in conversation following film

Co-presented with Harvard Law School Justice for Palestine

A People Without a Land | Harvard Law School

Shuja'iyah: Land of the Brave

by Hadeel Assali

2014 | Documentary Short | 5 min

One filmmaker’s response to Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge.' More »

A People Without a Land

by Eliyahu Unger-Sargon

2014 | Documentary | 78 min

The story of those who are moving towards a future of integration, not separation, in the Holy Land. More »

Thursday, October 23

5:00 pm

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May in the Summer | Museum of Fine Arts

May in the Summer

by Cherien Dabis

2013 | Drama Comedy | 100 min

As May’s wedding approaches, she finds herself confronting her family’s turbulent past. More »

7:30 pm

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Director in conversation following film

Co-presented with Women in Film and Video/New England (WIFV/NE)

My Love Awaits Me By the Sea | Museum of Fine Arts

My Love Awaits Me By the Sea

by Mais Darwazeh

2013 | Documentary Drama | 80 min

A poet's words draw the filmmaker back to her homeland for the first time. More »

Friday, October 24

7:00 pm

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Co-presented by the Arlington International Film Festival

Giraffada | Museum of Fine Arts

Giraffada

by Rani Massalha

2013 | Drama | 85 min

A young Palestinian boy and his veterinarian father contend with the challenges of caring for the giraffes in the West Bank's only zoo under military occupation. More »

Saturday, October 25

1:00 pm

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Co-presented by the Arlington International Film Festival

Giraffada | Museum of Fine Arts

Transit Game

by Anna Fahr

2014 | Drama Short | 18 min

A tale of friendship and exile in the northern mountains of Lebanon. More »

Giraffada

by Rani Massaha

2013 | Drama | 85 min

A young Palestinian boy and his veterinarian father contend with the challenges of caring for the giraffes in the West Bank's only zoo under military occupation. More »

3:00 pm

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The Road to Silverstone | Museum of Fine Arts

Shuja'iyah: Land of the Brave

by Hadeel Assali

2014 | Documentary Short | 5 min

One filmmaker’s response to Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge.' More »

Disney Ramallah

by Tamara Erde

2014 | Drama Short | 16 min

A father tries to make his son's dreams come true while living under occupation. More »

The Road to Silverstone

by Johan Eriksson

2013 | Documentary | 57 min

An inspirational and upbeat film about the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. More »

Sunday, October 26

1:00 pm

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Encounter with a Lost Land | Museum of Fine Arts

A Sketch of Manners

by Jumana Manna

2012 | Creative Documentary | 12 min

A Sketch of Manners reimagines an unconventional bon vivant aspect of Palestine’s lost pre-1948 past. More »

Encounter with a Lost Land

by Maryse Gargour

2013 | Documentary | 62 min

A film that artfully recreates a lost land–urban Palestine from 1928 through the 1948 Nakba and beyond -- through personal reminiscences and interviews. More »

3:00 pm

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Director in conversation following film.

Co-presented by Women in Film and Video New England (WIFV/NE)

Closing Film | Museum of Fine Arts

Mars at Sunrise

by Jessica Habie

2013 | Drama | 77 min

The story of a war waged on imagination. More »