Palestinian Film Festival

Sunday, 14 April 2024 - 3:00pm
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Dja Dja Wurrung Country

The very best of Palestinian cinema from around the globe, the Palestinian Film Festival Australia presents a unique opportunity to connect with and get to know Palestine and Palestinians through film.

3pm - ZOO (an 8 minute short film)
Wandering through the ‘worst Zoo in the world’, a boy is looking for his football when he encounters a little tiger who follows him on his quest to find a safe place to play.

Followed by ALAM
Despite being part of a young generation of Palestinians whose families chose to stay and challenge the Israeli state after Al-Nakba, 17-year-old Tamer and his friends are just like any other group of teenage boys. They clumsily search for drugs, flirt with girls, play video games, and slack off at school. However, when an intriguing new student named Maysaa joins their class, Tamer immediately falls for her and is drawn into her political activism.

Together, they join fellow classmates in an operation to covertly raise the Palestinian flag at their school and peacefully disrupt the local celebrations planned for Israel’s Independence Day –
otherwise known to Palestinians as a day of mourning and memorialisation of their ethnic cleansing 70 years prior. Unsure of his own political convictions, Tamer must quickly determine what matters to him and what price he is willing to pay for freedom.

TOMORROW’S FREEDOM, made over the course of 5 years, gains intimate access to the family of imprisoned Palestinian political leader Marwan Barghouthi. Through the Barghouthi family and a collage of in depth interviews from the people who know Marwan best, Tomorrow’s Freedom takes you on a brutally honest and transformative journey into the heart of the Israel Palestine conflict, speaking to Palestinians and Israelis.

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