Palestinian Film Festival Australia @ Dendy Cinemas Newtown


The Palestinian Film Festival Australia returns to celebrate its tenth year with a stacked program of award-winning features, ground-breaking documentaries, thought-provoking shorts and the launch of its exciting new program stream, Arab Cinema Days.

Traversing themes of people, place and identity, this year’s Festival presents the very best in Palestinian cinema to audiences in Sydney (24 Oct-3 Nov), Canberra (25-27 Oct), Melbourne (31 Oct-5 Nov), Hobart (1-3 Nov), Perth (8-10 Nov) and Brisbane (8-10 Nov).

“We’re excited to bring you the best Palestinian cinema of 2019 for our landmark tenth Festival! This year’s program focuses on the profound connection between people and place,” said Festival Director Naser Shakhtour. “From life in Gaza beyond the rubble to a former political prisoner’s battle to reintegrate into society, we examine the importance of home through the unique lens of Palestinian filmmakers.”

This year’s program features international film festival favourites: winner of the 2019 Cannes Special Jury Prize It Must Be Heaven, a comic saga exploring identity, nationality and the true nature of home; Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominated documentary Gaza about the everyday lives of Gazan citizens beyond the rubble of perennial conflict; and the popular feature from this year’s Sydney Film Festival, Screwdriver in which a Palestinian political prisoner battles to reintegrate into society following his release.


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