2017 Witness Palestine Film Series

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2017 Witness Palestine Film Series

Witness Palestine Film Festival 2017
Dates: September 17-25, 2017 at The Little
For the complete WPFF schedule + more, visit witnesspalestinerochester.org. 
 

The conflict in Palestine-Israel is decades old and so is the dispossession of the Palestinian people. However, this conflict is not presented as a human rights issue in mainstream American media. It is highly politicized and distorted. The idea of the Witness Palestine Film Series is to address such misconceptions by screening documentary and narrative films about the conflict, compelling films which illustrate the realities on the ground in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

The conflict in Palestine-Israel is decades old and so is the dispossession of the Palestinian people. However, this conflict is not presented as a human rights issue in mainstream American media. It is highly politicized and distorted. The idea of the Witness Palestine Film Series is to address such misconceptions by screening documentary and narrative films about the conflict, compelling films which illustrate the realities on the ground in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Witness Palestine Film Festival is sponsored by Christians Witnessing for Palestine, who seek a just peace for the people of Palestine wherever they may be. They have all traveled to Israel and Palestine on at least one political tour where they have met with and heard stories from both sides.

This film festival is an attempt to communicate some of this information to others in the Rochester and Western New York area by working with a broader, more diverse segment of the community. The Witness Palestine Film Committee includes activists involved in interfaith and Palestinian solidarity work as well as local filmmakers.

Upcoming films for this Series

This series does not have anything scheduled right now.

Past films from this Series


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 25, 2017
Duration: 85m
Rating: Not Rated
Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world -...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 24, 2017
Duration: 98m
Rating: Not Rated
The film is based on events in 2002 that took place in the valley between Nablus and Ramallah which gives the film its name. Ten years after being hospitalized during opening scenes of confusion,...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 18, 2017
Duration: 78m
Rating: Not Rated
Two short films covering Gaza. This screening is part of the 2017 Witness Palestine Film Festival.    GAZA IN CONTEXT Film Type & Length: Documentary, 20 mins. Produced by: Quilting Point...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 17, 2017
Duration: 97m
Rating: Not Rated
The combination of politics and art has become a global movement. They act as a form of activism particularly for issues such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Junction 48 exemplifies the...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 26, 2016
Duration: 56mins
Rating: Not Rated
The term “Pinkwashing” refers to Israeli government’s propaganda campaign to brand Israel as a safe haven for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people; to paint Palestinian and Arab cultures as...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 25, 2016
Duration: 99mins
Rating: Not Rated
Until you take your (next) study tour of Palestine/Israel, this film provides an excellent overview of the topic. As with a study tour, it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions from the...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 19, 2016
Duration: 97mins
Rating: Not Rated
"A simply told but thoroughly captivating portrait of Muhammad Assaf, the Gazan singer who won “Arab Idol” at age 23 and became an irresistible symbol of hope for Palestinians worldwide" -- Justin...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 18, 2016
Duration: 103mins
Rating: Not Rated
According to text from the film: • Since 1948 over 700,000 Palestinians have been detained in Israeli prisons • In November 1983, the PLO obtained the release of 4,765 Palestinian and Lebanese...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Oct 5, 2015
Duration: 93mins
Rating: Not Rated
While capturing the growing non-violent movement of young people in Palestine, this film brings a fresh perspective for understanding the realities of Palestinian life under occupation. Come travel...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Oct 4, 2015
Duration: 58mins
Rating: Not Rated
We see life in Gaza through the eyes of two young women, Mona Samouni, and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta. Qishta returns to Gaza in 2006, following a ‘nightmare’ three-week wait at the Rafah border...