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Palestine Cinema Days promotes resilience through cinema

Oct. 17, 2018 3:00 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 17, 2018 4:07 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- This year's Palestine Cinema Days is focused on promoting Palestinian films and stories in the face of increasing pressure on Palestine and its people wherever they may be.

From the United States moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to cutting financial funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Palestinians have greatly suffered for seven decades since the start of the Israeli occupation.

Palestine Cinema Days brings to the Palestinian audience important stories of suffering, resilience and the human condition shared by us all.

The festival will open on October 17th with the screening of The Tower at the Ramallah Cultural Palace, with more than 60 films from Palestinian, Arab and international filmmakers.

This year's competition will also witness two Oscar nominated films, which will be shown throughout the seven days of the festival in Ramallah.

Among the films being shown in all locations are A.B. Shawky's Yomeddine, Egypt's submission to the Oscars, and The Journey by Mohamed Al-Daradji, Iraq's submission to the Oscars. The program will also include the Syrian film The Day I Lost My Shadow as a closing film, which won the Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut Film at the Venice International Film Festival 2018.

The selection of movies include fiction, documentary, and children films hailing from many countries including France, Germany, Canada, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Serbia, the United States, Switzerland, Japan, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Chile and Palestine.

For the third year, Palestine Cinema Days will present the Sunbird Award competitions for Palestinian-produced films and films about Palestine.

Out of the more than 60 films that were officially submitted, 22 films were selected to compete for the awards, including four feature-length documentaries, 13 short films and five projects.

Three juries consisting of local, Arab and international filmmakers and professionals will select the three Sunbird Award winners.

For the first time since its launch in 2014, the winners of the Sunbird Short Film and Documentary awards will be granted 2,000 Euros.

Palestine Cinema Days is an annual event organized by Filmlab every October and aims at placing Palestine on the map of the International film industry and movie landscape, as well as promoting local and international films across several venues in various cities across Palestine.

The activities of the festival are dedicated to a unique program of renowned international film screenings for adults and children, along with panel discussions, professional film workshops, specialized programs for children and networking opportunities.

In 2016, Filmlab has launched the Sunbird Award, a competition that showcases short films, feature-length documentary films, and short film projects with a strong reference to Palestine.

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