On 20.12, Display will host the 3rd installment of Kino Palestine, which will feature two films from Palestinian filmmakers. Kino Palestine was initiated by Garage Gallery as a collaborative effort for the amplification of Palestinian voices of resistance. As we are daily confronted with victimizing, generalizing, and repressive sights and narratives (and amidst ongoing efforts to silence and censor journalists and artists in Palestine and Europe), we hope that presenting images of life and resistance in Gaza, the West Bank, and the Palestinian diaspora might provide a clearer, emboldening vision of Palestine and its people – its history, its present situation, and the freedom in its future.
This screening, as with all others, will have English subtitles and remain free of charge. The series KINO PALESTINE is curated by Zaher Jureidini (Prague/Berlin/Beirut). For information on the films that will be shown in Display, as well as the people who created them, see below: I Signed the Petition (Documentary, 2018, 11m) Directed by Mahdi Fleifel
A conversation between two friends about the effectiveness and implications of publicly supporting the cultural boycott of Israel. One friend is wracked with worry having signed a petition asking Radiohead not to play Tel Aviv, the other is more sanguine. Their conversation offers a glimpse of what it is to be a Palestinian in today's world.
Director’s bio: Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian film director who graduated in 2009 from the UK National Film & TV School. He is the co-founder of London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks. His debut feature, A World Not Ours (2012), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and picked up over 30 awards, including the Peace Film Prize at the 2013 Berlinale. In 2016 he won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale with A Man Returned. His film, A Drowning Man, was selected for the official competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for a BAFTA in 2018.
Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (Documentary, 2001, 56m) Directed by Mai Masri
Mona and Manar are two Palestinian girls growing up in refugee camps in Beirut and Bethlehem. Despite the overwhelming barriers that separate them, the girls form a close friendship through letters and a dramatic meeting at the Lebanese border. Shot during the liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation and at the beginning of the Palestinian intifada, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears articulates the feelings, hopes, and growing activism of a generation of young Palestinians living in exile.
Director’s bio: Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker whose films were screened worldwide and won over 90 awards, recognized for her work that focuses primarily on women and children. Her feature film, 3000 Nights (2015) had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. Mai worked closely with her late husband filmmaker, Jean Chamoun and earned international acclaim with her films: Children of Fire, Woman for Her Time, Children of Shatila, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears, Beirut Diaries, 33 Days, War Generation, Suspended Dreams, Under the Rubble, Wildflowers.