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Palestine Cinema Days: “Leave your home, live the experience”

Jerusalem24 – The Palestine Cinema Days film festival is back for its ninth edition.

Once again, FilmLab Palestine has put together a rich program of carefully selected screenings, to share current film developments and stories from around the world with Palestinian and international audiences. Especially now, when the focus of world public opinion has shifted to conflict, the festival gives a stage to narratives from other parts of the world.

“The festival will be hosted in seven cities: Jerusalem, Ramallah, Haifa, Bethlehem, Jenin, Birzeit, and Gaza. We will be in these cities with a full package of films, panels, and master classes,” Kholoud Badawi, the spokesperson of the Palestine Cinema Days festival, tells Jerusalem24.

The vision of the festival is based on the original vision of FilmLab Palestine, to promote the cinema culture and revive cinema in Palestine, through the festival as well as different activities throughout the year.

“We translate the vision through the festival.”

A whopping 68 films will be screened in seven days between 1 and 7 November.

“We have films from Lebanon, Bosnia, Ireland, US, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, etc…” says Badawi.

Oscar-nominated Palestinian film The Mediterranean Fever, by Maha Al-Haj, will be opening the festival.

“I encourage everyone to visit our website and Instagram to find the films, masterclass, and programs to check the details and attend the films,” Badawi adds.

The festival’s goal is to get people to come and live the cinema experience and live in the moment – and in the sound systems.

“These are films that are either screened in cinemas abroad or film festivals, they’re not available in commercial cinemas or online; That’s why we encourage people to leave their homes and live the experience.”

The tickets will be sold at every venue in Ramallah and other cities.

Listen to the full interview on Vibes.


Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 5+ years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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