The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University will host a film festival from 2 – 6 February 2011 that will celebrate the launch of the Dreams of a Nation Palestinian film archive.
The film festival will launch with the New York premiere of Pomegranates and Myrrh, a film by Najwa Najjar, and include feature films and shorts by prominent Palestinian filmmakers from within Palestine and throughout the diaspora.
The film festival is intended to celebrate the nationhood and collective identity of the Palestinians, both in their unity and their fragmentation. Films featured in the four day festival include: Wedding in Galilee (Michel Khleifi), The Roof (Kamal Al-Jafari), Salt of this Sea (Annemarie Jacir), The Time that Remains (Elia Suleiman), Since You Left (Mohammad Bakri), and The Land Speaks Arabic (Maryse Gargour). Palestinian short films Happy Days and Space Exodus (Larissa Sansour), Be Quiet (Sameh Zoabi), End of September (Sama AlShaibi and Ala’ Yunis) are also featured. Najwa Najjar and Hiam Abbas will be attending the screening of Pomegranates and Myrrh and Elia Suleiman will attend the screening of The Time That Remains.
The festival will also include an academic panel on “Exploring Identity and Social History Through a Palestinian Lens” and culminate with a cultural night of poetry and spoken word, traditional folkloric dance (dabke) and Palestinian food.
For more information about the Center for Palestine Studies and for the full festival program please visit, www.columbia.edu/cu/palestine