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29/11/2013 - 01/12/2013    
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CinemaPalestino 2013 in Sheffield

We aim to hold our 5th annual film festival for Palestine on 29th November – 1st December 2013. Currently we have some award winning documentaries we will show, including Art Violence and  A World Not ours.


CinemaPalestino celebrates it’s 5th Year in Sheffield


Tickets have just gone on sale at Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema for this year’s CinemaPalestino Film Festival starting on 29th November 2013. This year promises to be one of the most exciting to date offering a feast of documentary and drama films ranging from the camps of Lebanon to the occupied territories of West Bank and Gaza Strip, exploring issues that affect us all – love, home making, and freedom – all under the shadow of a military occupation that distorts all aspects of daily life for the people of Palestine.


Recent years have seen a huge growth in Palestine’s film industry and CinemaPalestino draws on some of the most recent examples, opening with multi award-winning Art Violence (by Batoul Taleb, Mariam Abu-Khaled & Udi Aloni). Following the lead of their beloved director and activist, Juliano Mer-Khamis, murdered in 2011 outside the Freedom Theatre in the West Bank’s Jenin Refugee Camp, a group of young Palestinian actors use their imagination in an unpredictably brutal environment creating an artistic rebellion; a vivid and brave portrayal of a young, active generation of Palestinians.


Saturday’s programme combines some fascinating film shorts, with the hard-hitting character driven documentary When the Boys Return (directed by Tone Anderson) – which follows a group of teenage boys joining a therapy group after being released from Israeli prisons, with Ann Marie Jacir’s latest drama production, When I Saw You“one of the best works to come out of the current explosion of filmmaking in the Middle East” Indiewire.


The festival ends on Sunday with Flying Paper – co-produced with young filmmakers in Gaza, following the uplifting story of youth on a quest to shatter the Guinness World record in the most kites ever flown!!! It is all rounded off with Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon – a sensitive, and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family in the lives of those for whom dispossession is the norm.


CinemaPalestino, now in it’s fifth year, is a unique collaboration between Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Yorkshire Palestine Cultural Exchange, and Sheffield Showroom Cinema. Festival Tickets are available from the Showroom box office.


Hilary Nelson

Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign

See www.showroomworkstation.org.uk; www.ypce.org.uk

Contact: Hilary Nelson, or [email protected]


Next year we plan to apply to the new “Film Forever” fund to enable us to increase our audiences, speakers, and film choices. For this year, a little modest sponsorship from interested individuals would enable us to improve our publicity and also match the continued support shown by our valued partners, the Showroom Cinema.

If you would like to sponsor the cinema Palestino you can either

  • send a cheque made out to YPCE,  c/o Shena Moore, 10 St James’ St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2EW. Please write ‘cinemaPalestino’ on the back of the cheque
  • or transfer to YPCE bank account 08-92-99 / 65142262. Please use the reference ‘cinpal’. Please email [email protected] : we would like to thank you personally.

Please put the date in your diary, and let us know if you would like to sponsor CinemaPalestino by any amount, large or small.