From Palestinian and Israeli filmmakers, glimpses of life, love, and survival in a prostrate land.
Thematically brilliant--and absolutely in order. Thank you for highlighting these movies that I would otherwise not have had on my radar.
Beyond words … 😢
Thank you for a very timely enlightening of what is available and worth watching! :-)
The Present blew me away....in fact, most nominated international short films these days are superb! There will be many more films coming about this conflict - it's tailor made for the venn diagram between tragedy and drama, with a slice of comedy left over the truly deft among us.
Thanks so much for this.
A documentary I can recommend: Encounter Point (2007) - “Filmmakers Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha examine the Bereaved Families Forum, a group made up of approximately 500 Palestinians and Israelis who have all lost loved ones in the ongoing violence in the region. Members of the forum join forces to bridge the gaps and promote peaceful coexistence between their peoples.” It’s streaming for free at https://justvision.org/encounterpoint.
I can't find any place Foragers by Jumana Manna is streaming but the website lists some film festivals where it will be shown and you could add it to a Justwatch.com watch list. I saw it at MoMA PS1.
Here's the website: https://www.jumanamanna.com/Foragers
Yes, thanks for sharing these, will watch one tonight!
Thanks so much for these wonderful suggestions I would never have known about. All so important for understanding in light of the tragic events in Israel/Palestine.
Thanks for this. I will definitely be checking out some of these. Two films I would recommend (unfortunately I have no idea how easily available either of these is):
Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman, 2002) — Unapologetically polemical and mostly reliant on a non-narrative logic, probably not to everyone’s taste either aesthetically or politically, but I found it to be utterly stunning. And it’s also quite funny in its own way.
The Viewing Booth (Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, 2019) — A documentary about the occupation but also about our ability to deceive and delude ourselves, one of the most disturbing films I’ve seen in years.
Ty thanks for this list.. timely and helpful.