Date(s) - November 2, 2023
8:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Budapest Living Room
Palestine Cinema Days, a festival spread across various cinemas in the West Bank and Gaza, was due to start their tenth edition this week. Instead, the organizers are now releasing the film material free of copyright so that the movies can be screened around the world on the same day. November 2 was chosen because it is the date of the Balfour Declaration, a crucial colonial milestone that cannot be ignored when trying to understand both Israel and Palestine.
Many small venues around Europe are responding to this call and switching their program around to make this festival possible at the darkest of times. In Amsterdam, two films will be screened at the Budapest Living Room (WG-terrein) Thursday 2 November:
The Time That Remains, by Elia Suleiman
In Arabic with English subtitles.
fiction 110min 2009
Fuad, a gunsmith, witnesses the destruction in Nazareth after the Israeli takeover in 1948. Years later, his son Elia grows up defiant of the Israeli occupation and has trouble accepting the change.
The Tale of the Three Jewels, by Michel Khleifi
In Arabic with English subtitles
fiction 107 min 1995
One day, as Yussef is bird-hunting, he becomes the hero of a modern-day tale: he falls in love with Aida, a young gypsy girl. To marry her, he must first find the three jewels missing from a family necklace brought from South America by the girl’s grandfather.
This program is free of charge. The organisers state: ‘We acknowledge that this action is just a small contribution, and we wish to honor those who have been tirelessly working to make a difference. More info can be obtained from the Palestine film Lab [https://www.flp.ps/flp/about-us]’