The Boston Palestine Film Festival returns for its eleventh season!
Opening Night Film: Ghost Hunting by Raed Andoni
Director Andoni in conversation following the film. Afterparty at Taste Cafe, MFA
Closing Film: Stitching Palestine by Carole Mansour
Director Mansour, Producer Muna Khalidi, and film subject Salma El Yassir in conversation following the film.
Special Event: Seamingly a PastTime: How Embroidery Preserves Narrative and Culture Through Time
Presenting an exhibit of hand-stitched Palestinian embroidery by Clotilde Abudi, discussion panel, and dinner buffet
Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA
Other feature films include Personal Affairs, Ambulance, the Seventh Summit, Off Frame, Rasheed, You Reap What You Sow, 1948: Creation and Catastrophe, and A Magical Substance Flows Into Me
Featured guests (in person or via Skype) include Raed Andoni (director, Ghost Hunting), Sami Said (producer, Off Frame), Ahlam Muhtaseb (co-director, 1948: Creation and Catastrophe), Samia Badih (director, Rasheed), Mohamed Jabaly (director, Ambulance), Clotilde Abudi (embroidery artist), and Carole Mansour, Muna Khalidi and Salma El Yassir (director, producer and film subject, Stitching Palestine)
Venues: MFA Boston, Cambridge Public Library, Bright Lights Screening Room of Emerson College, Center for Arts at the Armory - Somerville
The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) brings Palestine-related cinema, narratives, and culture to New England audiences. The festival features compelling and thought-provoking films, including documentaries, features, rare early works, video art pieces, and new films by emerging artists and youth. These works from directors around the world offer refreshingly honest, self-described, and independent views of Palestine and its history, culture, and geographically dispersed society.
Each year, guest filmmakers from various countries and expert commentators add contextual depth to the films. BPFF also offers ancillary cultural programming including concerts by Palestinian musicians and art exhibits by or about Palestinians.
This initiative is an ongoing program of smaller cultural events, talks, and screenings held throughout the year. In this way, the festival seeks to engage local audiences and sustain Palestinian arts and culture in the city throughout the year, in addition to collaborating with other such festivals in the US and worldwide.