Palestine Festival Fetes Films on Life Under Israeli Occupation


The eighth edition of the Palestinian Cinema Days film festival celebrating Palestinian filmmakers and films focused on Palestine came to a close. The final screening for the winning films focused on life under Israeli occupation and in exile. Featured filmmakers commented that they believe many youths will relate to the experiences presented.

Hanna Atallah, the artistic director for the film festival, said “We don’t have a local fund for cinema production, and there are no specialized institutions to support youth who are in the beginning of their journey here, making their first films. At least we now have a production prize for Palestinian filmmakers in their country.”

At least 2,000 people attended throughout the six days of the festival, with screenings across the cities of Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Gaza Strip, and Haifa.

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