We will have our official HPFF 2013 Film Festival lineup to share at this great Happy Hour event at Cultured Cocktails sponsored by Fresh Arts on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar (307 Fairview St, 77006).
A portion of the bar proceeds goes to HPFF, so please come THIRSTY!
Join us for a night of comedy at the Arab Cultural and Community Center (10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099) on March 30th at 6:30 p.m. as the Houston Palestine Film Festival in partnership with the Arab American Cultural and Community Center brings back one of our favorite films, Driving to Zigzig Land (2006, HPFF 2008)!
Director Nicole Ballivian will be in attendance and those who donate $100 to HPFF (tax-deductible!) will receive a signed copy of the film as a thank you. Seats are limited, so don’t miss out! Tickets to the event are $10. We hope to see you all there!
5 Broken Cameras, which HPFF screened last film festival, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category!! We are honored to have been able to show this film in 2012 and now it’s coming back to Houston!
Palestinian farm laborer Emad has five video cameras, and each of them tells a different part of the story of his village’s resistance to Israeli oppression. Emad lives in Bil’in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Using the first camera, he recorded how the bulldozers came to rip the olive trees out of the ground in 2005. Here, a wall was built directly through his fellow villagers’ land to separate the advancing Jewish settlements from the Palestinians.
In the first days of resistance to the Jewish colonists and the ever-present Israeli soldiers, Emad’s son Gibreel was born. Scenes shift from the infant growing into a precocious preschooler to the many peaceful acts of protest, and the steady progress of the construction of the dividing wall. Sympathizers from all over the world, including from Israel, provide help as resistance develops, but when the situation intensifies, people are arrested and villagers are killed.
Emad keeps on filming despite pleas from his wife, who fears reprisals. It makes for an intensely powerful personal document about one village’s struggle against violence and oppression.
Click the dates below to buy tickets to see 5 Broken Cameras at 14 Pews!
The Rice University / University of Houston Visiting Writers Series!
October 29, 5:30 pm, UH Library Honors Commons
Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Like a Straw Bird it Follows Me (Yale UP, 2012, translated by Fady Joudah). He is also a novelist, and editor. He was born in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, and has lived in Jordan, Beirut, Damascus, and Tunis. He returned to Palestine in 1994 and now lives in Ramallah.