2016 Atlanta Palestine Film Festival

Buy your Tickets and Passes at the Door:
Tickets $12 ($5 students) · Festival Pass $40 ($20 students)


Thursday, Oct 27, 7:30 pm

THE IDOL 

Atlanta Friends Meeting House,
701 W Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

idol Director: Hany Abu-Assad. The Idol is based on the incredible true story of Palestinian singing sensation Mohammed Assaf, who went from being a wedding singer in Gaza to winning TV singing contest Arab Idol in 2013.Divided into two parts, the first half feels like a children’s film about friendship, ambition and understanding mortality, told in a heavily romanticised fashion. The second jumps to the months before the Arab Idol contest, during which the director takes a more mature look at the problems facing young Palestinians living in Gaza, and how Assaf refused to take no for an answer in his quest to be Arab Idol.


Sunday, Oct 30, 6 pm

SPEED SISTERS

Rush Center Annex,
328 Mell Ave, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30316
Director: Amber Fares. When one of the profiled figures in a documentary comments, “The smell of tear gas reminds me of my childhood,” it’s obvious that we’re not in Kansas anymore. The film details the myriad problems the women encounter while racing for the Palestinian Motor Sports and Motorcycle Federation, founded in 2005. Finding places to practice is difficult, with the team forced to train in a parking lot located next to an Israeli detention center. The races are held in such locations as a vegetable market and a helicopter pad, although in recent years they’ve found a home base in Jericho. Simply getting around is a logistical nightmare, with Israeli military checkpoints omnipresent.

Thursday, Nov 3, 7:30 pm

ROSHMIA

Unitarian Universalist Church of Atlanta,
1911 Cliff Valley Way, NE, Atlanta, GA

Director: Salim Abu Jabal. Roshmia is a film about an elderly couple that share a quiet, pastoral life until the municipality of Haifa decides to build a road through the valley to connect the Mediterranean to Mount Carmel. Their shack is slated for demolition, and the possibility of financial compensation from the municipality creates tension in the relationship between the couple and a friend who is serving as a liaison with the authorities.


Sunday, Nov 6, 6 p.m.

ON THE BRIDE’S SIDE

Rush Center Annex,
328 Mell Avenue, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30316
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Directors: Gabriele Del Grande, Antonio Augugliaro, and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry. A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden, and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers, by faking a wedding. With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so Italian and Syrian friends as wedding guests, they cross halfway over Europe on a four-day journey of three thousand kilometers.

2016 Sponsors

Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta
Joining Hands for Justice in Israel & Palestine
Oakhurst Baptist Church Kairos Mission Group
Oakhurst Presbyterian Church Peacemaking & Justice Committee