Film published by EI wins Mexico award

A version of a short film published by The Electronic Intifada has won an award at the International Documentary Film Festival in Mexico City.

The film, directed by Anne Paq and Haidi Motola of the media collective ActiveStills, received the winning title in an international category named “Fragments.”

The film follows Bilal Tamimi, a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, who documents Israel’s attacks on the village through his camera.

For the past decade, Palestinians in Nabi Saleh have held weekly demonstrations in protest at Israel’s encroachment on their land.

Tamimi started filming when the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem asked to have someone in the village document Israeli attacks, around the same time the demonstrations started in 2009.

The Tamimi family has been subject to Israeli occupation arrests, harassment, assault, maimings and killings.

You can watch the video above. Originally called “The camera is my weapon,” it was submitted to the Mexican festival under the title “I insist to keep on filming.”

The film will screen at the London Palestine Film Festival, taking place between 15 and 30 November. It will also screen at a human rights film festival in Naples, happening between 20 and 30 November.

The film also screened at the Boston Palestine Film Festival, the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco and the Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival earlier this month, and the Scandinavian International Film Festival in August.

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many thanks. a great free arabic lesson. and wonderful film. i will donate some more!
it would be a great resource for activists. can you collect such subtitled films for us?
i think a good way to raise money.
keep up the great work
eric

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Tamara Nassar

Tamara Nassar is an assistant editor at The Electronic Intifada.