March 13, 2015
Rafah Filmmaker Fida Qishta at the Memorial Union

Friday March 13
Memorial Union
UW-Madison Campus
6:30 pm [Map]

Gaza film-maker Fida Qishta will speak and show her groundbreaking film “Where Should the Birds Fly”, the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave.

Sponsored by UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine, with support from the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project.

For more info: Facebook — UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine
Film trailer: Where Should the Birds Fly

March 7 – 13, 2014
Film Omar at Sundance Cinema

1010863_fr_omar_1378206363758The Oscar-nominated Palestinian film Omar is showing at the Sundance Cinema 608 in Hilldale Mall.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation says: “Omar opened in more than 40 US cities this past Friday. If it is playing in your city, please ask your supporters to watch it this week to help keep it in theaters longer and make it a box office success. The film has an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Learn more about the film from this New York Times piece and like it on Facebook!”

ADC Releases Guide to Palestinian Film

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project has a library of films about Palestine available for free public showings or household viewing. We can also help introduce the films and facilitate discussion.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Palestine in Film, May 15, 2012

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To commemorate the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) announced the online publication of a guide to Palestinian film and filmmaking. It features information on and access to hundreds of films and film institutions, giving an unprecedented overview of almost every aspect of Palestinian filmmaking. 

The filmography provides detailed information on individual narrative and documentary films by and about Palestinians. Films included are both full length and shorter. Their subject matter deals with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, in Israel, and in exile around the world. They address the history and politics of the conflict with Israel, the experience of exile, daily life under occupation, the resistance to occupation and dispossession, reconciliation with Israelis, women’s issues, religion, and culture. Many films focus on political issues; some are entertainment films; in a few the aesthetic dimension is primary. There is information on grassroots films made by human rights organizations and by ordinary Palestinians documenting their own lives and communities. 

The document has links to films, trailers, websites, articles, publications, film festivals, and film distributors. The guide also provides access to information on Palestinian film production and distribution, the early development of a filmmaking infrastructure, including film schools, theaters, film festivals, and grassroots projects to promote film culture and to encourage and train women, children, young people, and community activists in filmmaking skills. In addition, there is a bibliography, including academic analysis and journalistic sources of information, on Palestinian film, its history, and its political context. 

The reader is pointed towards institutions and organizations where the films are available. Wherever possible, the guide provides links to websites where many of the films can be viewed online. 

The 79-page guide is available in the educational resources section of the ADC website. As a gateway to the entire world of Palestinian film, it is meant to be used by casual viewers, serious students, educators, academics, film professionals, and advocates for a just and lasting peace. 

Today, May 15, is the 64th anniversary of the Nakba, Israel’s ethnic cleansing of approximately 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands in 1948. These Palestinians and their descendants remain refugees to this day because Israel refuses to implement their internationally recognized human right of return. 

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September 14 – 15, 2011
Madison Film Premier: Cultures of Resistance

As part of the annual World Music Festival sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate and others, an innovative, exciting new film will have its Madison premier.

Cultures of Resistance explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice on a world-wide scale.

As a celebration of cultural diversity, it was filmed in 16 languages: Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Hebrew, Kayapó, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Korean, Portuguese, Sinhalese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Xhosa.

Musicians and artists from 25 countries are featured in the documentary: Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Burma, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Occupied Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Syria, Uganda, USA, and Vietnam.

Join us at one of the following free showings:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 14: Premier showing at 7 pm in The Marquee, Union South, with post-film commentary by Jonathan Overby.
  • Thursday, Sept. 15: Showings at 7 and 9 pm in the Play Circle, Memorial Union.

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June 5 – 11, 2009
Film: The Lemon Tree

FOR ONE WEEK ONLY! The Lemon Tree | Shajarat limon | Etz halimon
(Israel-France-Germany). Based on true stories behind the ‘separation wall’.

Sundance Cinemas Madison
(NR) Screening Room; Arabic, Hebrew, English dialogue; Subtitled
Fri: (1:25), (4:40), 7:10
Sat: (4:40), 7:10
Sun – Thu: (1:25), (4:40), 7:10

Salma Zidane refuses to let the Israeli military destroy her lemon grove.

Wisdom and sadness in a universal tale of fighting the odds

Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter, May 30, 2009

BERLIN — Taking its cue from the old song, the fruit of Eran Riklis' wise and poignant film "Lemon Tree" is as unpalatable as the age-old and relentless friction between Israel and the West Bank.

It's a simple tale of a Palestinian woman who refuses to allow her lemon grove to be destroyed by the Israeli military, which claims that it might harbor terrorists. Its universal story of a stubborn individual who resists powerful forces and the two lonely women who connect as a result will resonate with grown-up audiences everywhere.

Hiam Abbass, who appeared in Riklis' 2004 picture "The Syrian Bride," stars as Salma Zidane, the sorrowful owner of a small lemon grove full of trees planted by her late father. Her husband died 10 years earlier and her children have grown and moved out.

Riklis and co-writer Suha Arraf take time to establish Salma's relationship to the lemon trees as she tends them lovingly, sleeps in the shade of their branches, hears the fruit fall one by one, jars pickled lemons and makes very tasty lemonade.

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January 26, 2009
Live from Bethlehem Lecture and Film

Monday, January 26, 7:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater
UW-Madison
Reception to follow

Amira Hanania is a lead journalist for the Ma’an News Agency, the only independent news network in the Palestinian territories. She is the subject of the recent documentary film Live from Bethlehem, which will be screened before her lecture. Ms. Hanania advocates for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, challenges Western stereotypes of Palestinian political opinion, and confronts propagandistic journalism in all its forms. Come see Live from Bethlehem and then hear a true heroine of independent journalism.

This is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at UW-Madison. Click here for ticketing policy.


For a recent article about Bethlehem, see “Israel to annex lands from Bethlehem villages in order to expand Gush Etzion settlement bloc”

    Khalid Al Azza stated that this land grab order is part of the “greater Jerusalem” Israeli plan which aims at illegally annexing more Palestinian lands, expand settlements on them and expand the Jerusalem boundaries in order to void any furture peace talks on Jerusalem. So far, the Greater Jerusalem Plan has annexed 72.000 Dunams, most of them agricultural lands, while Israel is still attempting to annex more lands while the international community remains idle.

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