Focusing on the lives of a small group of children living in Gaza, Dispatches, illustrates the implications of Israel's occupation of Palestine on its youngest population. Many of the children have lost their parents, family members, and friends to fatal air raids. The film shows these children have struggled physically and psychologically with the militarization of their home. Dispatches is an award winning investigative current affairs program produced by the United Kingdom's Channel 4.
Returning to Iraq Burin: Palestinian Families Remembered
Ethnographers Michael Kennedy and Menn Khalil will be presenting their documentation of the impact of the murders on three Palestinian youths in the West Bank village of Burin. Michael, a professional photographer and PhD student at Columbia University, has documented the village's response to the killings with photographs and film. Menna conducted extensive interviews with the village leaders and families of the dead teenagers. In their introductory talk, Michael and Menna will address the challenges of documenting human relationships of those living under military occupation and experiencing severe trauma.
Produced by Najwa Najjar, Gaza's Winter is a collection of 12 short films made by filmmakers around the world. Following the 2008 bombardments of Gaza (Operation Cast Lead), a group of filmmakers came together to document the devastation--the 1,417 Palestinians who died and the over 10,000 homes that were destroyed. The collection includes shorts from filmmakers from Gaza, the U.K., Iceland, Spain, Jordan, Ramallah, Golan Heights, Tunis, and France.
Entering Gaza after the ceasefire was declared, December 2008, Samir Abdallah documents the stories of those who were effecting by the war. With help from the Palestinian Human Rights Centre, Abdallah captured the reparative nature of the Gazaoui people.
Jordan Valley Blues
A LifeSources film, Jordan Valley Blues documents the lives and losses of the Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley, where they are forced to abandon their land due to water shortages and abuses by the Israeli military. While one man becomes an entrepreneur, another becomes an illegal worker in Israel. LifeSource also tells the story of an Israeli settler who provides 35 jobs to a starving Palestinian community in the area. This documentary follows the lives of a town that is forced to export the majority of its good in an attempt to survive. Following the film there will be a short presentation by Rebecca Cutter, M.A. Sustainable Development and a Q&A with two workers, Hamza Zubeidat and Christopher Whitman, from the MA'AN Development Center, a training institution focused on empowering women and youth.
Here is a link to some clips from the documentary.
With Blood Bidam
Juliana Fredman and Dan O’Reilly-Rowe followed men and women in Gaza and the West Bank trying to receive health care. Spanning seven months, the filmmakers offer an alternative view to the daily struggles of Palestinians. Through military checkpoints, dangerous bypass routes, over mountains, and through olive groves, medics’, ambulance drivers’, and doctors’ struggles to give adequate care to the Palestinian people. Fredman and O-Reilly-Rowe document a form of resistance that is most often ignored.
Since 1967, 600,000 Palestinian have gone to prison. Director Amahl Bishara, a professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, decided to document the families of prisoners. She believes that understanding the psychological impact of imprisonment on families is essential for understanding the social dynamics of Palestinian communities. Through observational footage and interviews of people living in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Degrees of Incarceration tells the story of a mother whose sixteen year old soon has been imprisoned and a youth organization that has resisted the imprisonment of their community members and created a play that teaches children how to handle interrogation. Bishara documents the scope and depth of the psychological effects of political imprisonment on Palestinian society.
Pomegranates and Myrrh
Najwa Najjar feature film follows a Palestinian dancer who struggles with wanting to follow her dreams and being a good wife to her imprisoned husband. Najjar reveals the emotional challenges faced by the wife of a Palestinian prisoner.