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Zochrot Film Festival on Nakba and the Right of Return \ March 2-7, 2016

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We are pleased to announce that in March 2-7, 2016 Zochrot and a number of US solidarity groups will present the first-ever 1948mm in the US: Zochrot Film Festival on Nakba and the Right of Return, in its 4th year in Palestine/Israel.

Zochrot (the female form of "remembering" in Hebrew) is an NGO working since 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba (Arabic word meaning “catastrophe”) of 1948 that began with more than 700,000 Palestinians expelled and 601 localities destroyed. Zochrot promotes the reconceptualization of the Return of refugees as the imperative redress and a chance for a better life for all the country's inhabitants.

Four universities will host screenings of films by Palestinians and Israelis and discussions for students and community members: New York University (SJP), Brooklyn College (SJP), Columbia University (SJP). Additionally, NYU's Hagop Kevorkian Center will host screenings of films and discussions.

Please donate to support the festival! We need funds to print the incredible poster by Sarah Sills and to compensate filmmakers and speakers whenever possible! 

Cosponsors of 1948mm: Zochrot; Students for Justice in Palestine at Columbia, Brooklyn College, NYU and NYU Law; Jewish Voice for Peace NYC, Columbia/Barnard, and; Jews for Palestinian Right of Return; Jews Say No!; Facing the Nakba; Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition; Middle East Crisis Response; Tree of Life Educational Fund; NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center.

More Information: 48mm@zochrot.org

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FREE ENTRANCE FOR ALL EVENTS

Festival program:

Wed, March 2, 7:30 doors open, 8-10pm event
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

The Roone Arledge Cinema
Zochrot Shorts and Speaker Panel
Moderated by Hadeel Assali, PhD candidate in Anthropology and founder of the Houston Palestine Film Festival

Thurs, March 3, 7-9pm
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt Hall 200
Zochrot Shorts and ILAN PAPPE 

Fri, March 4, 6:30pm & 8:30pm

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Hagop Kevorkian Center
50 Washington Square South at 255 Sullivan Street

6:30 PM - "ISMAIL" 
Dir.: Nora Alsharif
Jordan, 2013
(28 min. Arabic. Eng sub)
Followed by a discussion with Amin Hussain about the Nakba
in Palestinian visual art
$5 Suggeted Donation

8:30 PM - "On The Side of The Road"
Director: Lia Tarachansky
Israel/Palestine, 2013
Feature Documentary
Followed by conversation with the director Lia Tarachansky via skype.
$5 Suggeted Donation

Sat, March 5, 3pm & 5pm
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Hagop Kevorkian Center

3pm - "The Wanted 18" 
Directed by Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan
Palestine/Canada 2014
Documentary + Animation, 75 min, Arabic & English with Hebrew subtitles
Followed by conversation with the director Amer Shomali via skype.
$5 Suggeted Donation

5pm - "A World Not Ours" 
Dir.: Mahdi Fleifel
UK, Lebanon, Denmark, Palestine, UAE, 2012
(93 min. Arabic & Eng. Eng sub)
$5 Suggeted Donation

About Zochrot׳s short films
 

Mirror Image
Director: Danielle Schwartz

Israel 2013
10 min. Hebrew with English subtitles. 
Jewish Israeli grandparents are challenged by their grandchild to compose an agreed-upon version of the untold story of a large crystal mirror, taken from the destroyed Palestinian village of Zarnuqa. An intimate discussion that reflects on the presence of the Nakba in the lives of Jewish Israelis and addresses its silenced remnants, located at the very center of our lives.

*Winner of the Van Leer Award for Best Short Documentary Film, Jerusalem Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize in Short Competition at DOC NYC Documentary Film Festival.
Screened in leading film festivals around the world, including Palm Springs Short Film Fest, Warsaw Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Kassel Short Fest, Flickerfest Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia and Palestine Film Festivals in London, Ann Arbor and Chicago. 
Film Facebook Page

 

Take 3
Directed by Ayelet Bachar

Israel/Palestine 2015
Documentary
15 min. Arabic and Hebrew, with Hebrew and Arabic subtitles
A Palestinian refugee returns to visit his destroyed village near Ramle in 1969, and is filmed for an Israeli documentary. Thirty years later, in a different documentary but in a remarkably similar scene, a refugee visits his village again. By an amazing coincidence, they turn out to be the same person: Abu-Muhammad from the village of ‛Anaba. The film returns to these documentaries through the eyes of their directors, Ram Levi and Ra’anan Alexandrovich. Could the return scene be filmed for the third time?
 

All Rights Reserved
Director: Laila Bettermann, Anael Resnick

Palestine/Israel 2014
12 min. Hebrew with English subtitles. 
Taboo - Social prohibition against names, activities, people and conversation subjects considered undesirable. Violating a taboo is seen as a despicable act.
Tabu – Property title deed.
When the house and its tenants want to tell a story but are silenced by the taboo, objects have to speak in their stead. A house turns into a tile, a landlord into a lock and a meeting into a cup of tea.
 

The Shack
Directed by Salim Abu-Jabal
Palestine 2013
Documentary
12 min. Arabic with Hebrew and English subtitles
Yussuf Hassan is a refugee from Wadi Salib neighborhood in Haifa. His wife Amna Hassan is a refugee from the village of Yassur in the south. They live peacefully in a shack in Wadi Rushmiya, in the outskirts of Haifa, with radio news bulletins being their only source of information about the outside world. Nobody bothered to notify them that the municipality had decided to pave a highway across the riverbed that is their home. They refuse to be evacuated and consider their displacement from their natural environment a second expulsion.
 

Abu Arab
Directed by Mona Dohar

Palestine 2013
Documentary
13 min. Arabic with English subtitles
The movie focuses on the third generation of the Nakba and their dilemmas around their Palestinian identity, to the point of fear of losing it. Seventeen year-old Muna Thaher, the granddaughter of Abu-‛Arab, a refugee from Safuriyya, takes us on a voyage in search of the reasons for the split in Palestinian identity and its fragmentation among youths who now define themselves as Israelis. Along the way, Muna recounts the history of her family’s displacement from the village in the Galilee, as bequeathed by her grandfather across the generations.

 

Long Films

 

Ismail
Dir.: Nora Alsharif

Jordan, 2013
(28 min. Arabic. Eng sub)
Inspired by a day in the life of Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout (1930-2006), Ismail tells the compelling story of a young Palestinian struggling to support his parents after their expulsion to a refugee camp in 1948.
Despite the wretched living conditions he holds on to his dream to go to Rome to study painting. One day he and his little brother heedlessly enter a minefield. As Ismail faces death, and in his struggle to save himself and his brother, we discover his true spirit. Film Trailer

 

On The Side of The Road
Director: Lia Tarachansky

Israel/Palestine, 2013
Feature Documentary
92 min Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
When the government tried to silence a history, a light was shed on the nation's biggest taboo. On The Side Of The Road is the story of those who fought to erase Palestine and created an Israeli landscape of denial and of those who fight to reveal it.
Film Trailer

 

The Wanted 18
Directed by Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan

Palestine/Canada 2014
Documentary + Animation, 75 min, Arabic & English with Hebrew subtitles
It’s the First Intifada, 1987. Palestinian leaders urge communities in the West Bank to develop alternatives for Israeli products. A group of Palestinian activists from Beit Sahour is starting a local dairy collective based on 18 heads of cattle. When their “Intifada milk” gains popularity, the Israeli army orders the farm’s closure, declaring the cows a threat to national security. This is the amazing story of strongest military power in the Middle East and its chase after 18 cows. Film Trailer

Palestinian Oscar candidate for Best Foreign Film, 2015.
Previous festivals: Toronto, Abu Dhabi, Montreal, Munich

A World Not Ours
Dir.: Mahdi Fleifel

UK, Lebanon, Denmark, Palestine, UAE, 2012
(93 min. Arabic & Eng. Eng sub)
A World Not Ours is an intimate, humorous portrait of life in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is an illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family.
Filmed over more than 20 years by three generations of the same family, A World Not Ours is more than a family portrait; it documents what is being forgotten, and marks what must not be erased from collective memory. Film Trailer

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