New Palestinian Film Set to Screen at International Film Festivals in Toronto and New York
“This is a story that just so happens to occur in the Occupied Palestinian Territories –- but it could happen anywhere,” says Waleed Zuaiter of the new film Omar.
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, perhaps best known for the Academy Award-nominated and winner of the Golden Globe for best foreign language film Paradise Now (2005), Omar has received critical acclaim since premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation and was awarded a jury prize for Un Certain Regard which recognizes young talent and innovative works.
'Omar' and 'Condom Lead' will fly Palestine flag at Cannes
Ahmed and Mohamed Abu Nasser were born in 1988 in Gaza, where there are no movie theaters. But the twins, who work under the names Tarzan and Arab, were determined to make movies, so they would run home from school to their computer, where they would watch six, seven films in a single run, and then dream up imaginary plots and titles and make posters for the pretend projects.
Two Palestinian titles to compete at Cannes
Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's latest narrative feature film, Omar, has been selected for the Un Certain Regard sidebar section at the Cannes International Film Festival in France from May 15 to 26.
"I have no memory of a time without struggle"
Emad Burnat is a Palestinian farmer and director of the Oscar-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras", which he co-directed with Israeli Guy Davidi. In this deeply personal piece, he reflects on his family's experiences living in the West Bank and as part of the Palestinian non-violent resistance movement.
VIDEO: '5 Broken Cameras' Directors: 'This Is A Palestinian Film'
The directors of Oscar-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras" joined HuffPost Live to discuss their film and why Israel is wrong to try to brand it an "Israeli film." Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi told HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin that their film, a firsthand account of Israel's settlement expansion on Palestinian territories in the occupied West Bank through the construction of a wall of separation, is first and foremost a Palestinian story.
PHOTO: Palestinian Oscar nominee among fellow award hopefuls
Sharing the stage with stars like Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, and Steven Spielberg, Burnat will not only represent his family and his small farming village at the awards show on the 24th, but also millions of Palestinians around the world. The documentary, filmed and co-directed by Burnat, is about his village's popular protest movement against the erection of Israel's wall, confiscating nearly half of the village's land, and the construction of settlements where farmers' olive trees were only recently uprooted by the Israeli army.
New Palestine films to look out for (and others to watch online)
About recent Palestine films: May in the Summer by filmmaker Cherien Dabis, When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir, The Great Book Robbery by Benny Brunner, Budrus by Julia Bacha, and 5 Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.
Alaa Al Ali's "Letter to Ahmad" nominated for best short film in online competition
Palestinian writer and filmmaker Alaa Al Ali's short film Letter to Ahmad is currently nominated for the Dragon Award for New Talent and the corresponding audience choice award. According to its website, the Dragon Award, a project of the Göteborg International Film Festival, is the world's largest online short film competition.
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