Providence Palestinian Film Festival premieres this week

The first annual Providence Palestinian Film Festival will take place 9-15 April 2009 at the independent Avon Cinema. This festival is the first of its kind in our city, and to our knowledge, the first entirely student-run Palestinian film festival in the United States.

The festival will open with a screening of Slingshot Hiphop, Jackie Salloum’s award-winning documentary on the topography of the socially conscious rap movement in Palestine. It will go on to feature such recent films as Annemarie Jacir’s Salt of this Sea and Adam Shapiro’s Chronicles of a Refugee Part 4, in addition to some student film work and an afternoon of documentary shorts presented by Nitin Sawhney of the Voices Beyond Walls project, which engages youth in Balata and Jenin refugee camps in autobiographical filmmaking workshops.

All screenings are free and open to the public. The festival is organized by Common Ground: Justice and Equality in Palestine Israel, a Brown University student group that seeks to bring marginalized and unique voices on Palestine to campus and to Providence.

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