Hands Up Project Palestinian Film Night

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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmHands Up Project Palestinian Film Night

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CertificateNot Rated
LanguageArabic, English
Running Time1HR 30MINS
SeasonMain Programme

In support of The Hands Up Project and the 3rd Hands Up Project Conference ‘Teach, Play, Love’ (taking place on 21 May), this programme is a celebration of Palestinian resilience and creativity. The evening will open with a live remote performance from Gaza and the Czech Republic.

Ave Maria 
A family of religious Israeli settlers has their car break down in a rural area of the West Bank and they must seek the help of five nuns to get back home. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2016.

Dir: Basil Khalil | Writers: Basil, Khalil Daniel Yáñez Khalil | 2016

The Present
A father and daughter in the Palestinian enclaves of the Israeli-occupied West Bank try to buy a wedding anniversary gift. The cast is led by Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, and winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film, in 2021.

Dir: Farah Nabulsi  | Writers: Farah Nabulsi, Hind Shoufani  | 2020

This event will include filmed performances of:

I Can Smell Her: performed by Hala Sabbah, Farah Abud Obaid and Dana Kafina from Asmaa Prep school for Girls, Gaza City, Palestine, and Tiziana Roa and Sofia Aagaard from Hamlet School of English, Argentina. Directed by Haneen Jadalla (Palestine) and Tere Continanza (Argentina).

One World, Different Stories: performed by Naya Hani Abu Amsha and Saja Shady Hassan from Beit Hanoun Coed Elementary School, Gaza City, Palestine, and Mirya Hayashi, Hayat Fawaz, and Yara Bsharat from Fürst-Johann-Moritz Gymnasium (Germany). Directed by Hanaa Mansour (Palestine) and Cornelia Stein (Germany).

And a live remote performance of Welcome to Earth. Performed by Yara Mohammed Al Sabea, Rahaf Nadi Al Kafarna, Malak Zuheir Al Kafarna, from Beit Hanoun Prep Girls School, Gaza city, Palestine, and Magdalena Zrostliková, Julie Linderová from Elementary school Dr. Edvarda Benese. Directed by Rinan Jamal Al Muzanin (Palestine) and Jasmina Falge (Czechia).

The Hands Up Project is committed to social justice, global citizenship, and freedom of expression, and upholds the belief that language learning is enhanced through creativity, performance and collaborative interaction. The project affords opportunities for children in difficult circumstances, to use English to communicate with one another across borders, in a “spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.”



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