Palestinian Cinema

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When I Saw You (Palestine-Jordan-UAE-Greece 2012)

When I Saw You is an important film. Well-made and times very beautiful, it is perhaps a film that surprises in what it achieves. Significantly, it is one of the first Palestinian films to be made almost entirely with Arab money and to receive critical acclaim and commercial distribution within the Arab world. It deals with … Continue reading

Five Broken Cameras (Palestine/Israel/France/Netherlands 2012)

Five Broken Cameras is an engaging and well-made documentary. It’s affective in making us feel the emotions of the filmmaker who was compelled to complete it and it deserves the praise it has received and the audience interest it has attracted. The events it portrays are shocking and in a civilised world they would be … Continue reading

Films From the South #2: Man Without a Cellphone (Bidoun Mobile, Palestine/Israel/Fra/Bel/Qatar 2010)

This witty and sharp little film (only 78 mins) is one of several recent productions from Arab filmmakers that defy easy categorisation in institutional terms. Director Sameh Zoabi was born in a village close to Nazareth in 1975 and took a joint English and Film degree at Tel Aviv before completing a Masters in Film … Continue reading

Amreeka (US, Canada, Kuwait 2009)

This is a conventional family melodrama with a ‘feelgood’ ending (though a few narrative strands are left open) and plenty of laughs. There is nothing new or surprising about how the film is shot (though the filmmaker cites Mike Leigh and Robert Altman as influences on the camera style) and much of the story is … Continue reading

Good news for cinema in Palestine

Palestine has a new cinema, making, I think, three in all in the West Bank. The cinema in Jenin, in the Northern part of the West Bank has been re-opened after more than 20 years. It closed after the first Intifada in 1987. The re-opening last week was widely reported (see the various Google listings … Continue reading

The Time That Remains (France/Italy/Belgium/UK 2009)

What a terrific film! It is astonishing that someone could become such an accomplished and controlled filmmaker after only a handful of features spread over many years. The Time That Remains is intensely moving, very funny and incisive in its critique. It won’t please everybody and I confess that I only ‘got’ parts of it … Continue reading

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