The Boston Palestine Film Festival returns for its twelfth season!
Opening Night Film: The Reports on Sarah and Saleem by Muayad Alayan
Director Alayan and producer/screenplay writer Rami Alayan in conversation following the film. Afterparty at Bravo Restaurant, MFA
Closing Film: Naila and the Uprising by Julia Bacha
Producer Emma Alpert in conversation following the film. Film protagonist Naila Ayesh invited.
Other feature films include The Man Who Stole Banksy, Soufra, The Judge, What Walaa Wants, Writing on Snow, Born in Deir Yassin, Killing Gaza, and Radiance of Resistance
Including three short film series on the themes of: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, The Immigrant Experience, and Palestine: Within and Without
Featured guests (in person or via Skype) include Muayad Alayan (director, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem), Rami Alayan (producer and screenplay writer, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem), Erika Cohn (director, The Judge), Hana Chamoun (lead actress, Salam), Jessica Damouni (lead actress, Like Salt), Darine Hotait (director, Like Salt), Naila Ayesh (film protagonist, Naila and the Uprising), and Emma Alpert (producer, Naila and the Uprising).
Venues: MFA Boston, Cambridge Public Library, Bright Lights Screening Room of Emerson College
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.