The Boston Palestine Film Festival marks a fifth year of showcasing Palestinian cinema and film dealing with all things related to Palestine tonight. This year’s festival opens with Elia Suleiman’s masterpiece The Time that Remains.
The festival will also include documentary and feature films, both new and rarely screened older works. Suleiman will be on hand for a question and answer session following the screening of his 1996 film Chronicle of a Disappearance as well as after the showing of his 2002 feature Divine Intervention.
This year’s festival features a spotlight on the late Edward Said, including film screenings, musical tributes and discussion with Dr. Adel Iskandar.
Other selected features include Mahmoud Al Massad’s This is My Picture When I Was Dead (see Naira Antoun’s review for The Electronic Intifada); the North American premiere of My Land, Nabil Ayouch’s documentary on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who share their stories with young Jewish Israelis via video; Samir Abdallah and Kheredine Mabrouk’s 2009 documentary Gazastrophe - The Day After; Ibtisam Mara’aneh’s 2003 documentary Paradise Lost and 2010 documentary 77 Steps (q & a with director following screenings); the US premiere of May Odeh’s 2010 documentary Diaries profiling three women in Gaza; the North American premiere of Johan Eriksson’s 2011 documentary Hoda’s Story; Dahna Abourahme’s documentary The Kingdom of Women (reviewed for EI by Naira Antoun); Gabriella Bier’s 2011 documentary Love During Wartime, screening to be followed by discussion with the director as well as artist Osama Zatar; Zeina Durra’s 2011 feature film debut The Imperialists are Still Alive! (screening to be followed by q & a with director); and Sameh Zoabi’s 2010 feature Man Without a Cell Phone (screening to be followed by discussion with the director).