Complex could be the best way to describe the life struggles of humans and through film, complex is best explored. Since the creation of the state of Israel, complex may be one of the best ways to describe the conflict in Palestine.
The Reel Palestine film festival is a way to reverse this formula and witness creation from the destruction. The voice of Palestinians is often distorted or ignored in a world narrative that fears the rebuke of Israel. For outsiders only exposed to a one-sided perspective, the problem can be difficult to comprehend, impossible to even feel empathy for the Palestinian people.
What better way to gain understanding than to engage with independent Palestinian narratives from the region.
From the 19th – 27th January 2018 free outdoor film screenings will be held at Alserkal Avenue, Sharjah Art Foundation and at Manarat Al Saadiyat.
You can look forward to screenings of films such as Wajib/ Duty by director Annemarie Jacir. The film explores a difficult relationship between a father and son, and the differences between their generations who due to their circumstance have grown in different environments.
Ghost Hunting by Raed Andoni is another powerful film to be featured at the festival. Raed uses the filmmaking process to explore, process and record the experiences of inmates (of which he is one) from the Moskobiya interrogation center in Jerusalem.
To learn more about the festival visit: http://www.reelpalestine.org/