London Palestine Film Festival, 16-28 November

Palestinian activists, Bil'in, Palestine © William Young

The Palestine Film Festival is a platform intended to bring together filmmakers, scholars and the public in order to showcase both established filmmakers and emerging talent, and to promote the rich diversity of the Palestinian film industry.


  • Ghost Hunting – 16 November, 8.45PM – Barbican Cinema
  • Mahdi Fleifel Shorts – 17 November, 4.00PM – Curzon Soho
  • Kamal Aljafari Masterclass – 18 November, 3.00PM – DLT Lecture Theatre, SOAS
  • Recollection – 18 November, 6.00PM – Barbican Cinema
  • One Minute & The Tower – 19 November, 6.30PM – Curzon Soho
  • Cinema of the Palestinian Revolution – 20 November, 6.10PM – Institute for Contemporary Arts
  • 3000 Nights – 21 November, 6.30PM – Curzon Soho
  • Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution – 22 November, 6.00PM, DLT Lecture Theatre, SOAS
  • Ayny & A Magical Substance Flows Into Me – 22 November, 8.30PM – Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Bonboné & Degradé – 23 November, 6.30PM – Rio Cinema
  • Larissa Sansour Sci-Fi Trilogy – 24 November, 4.00PM – Rio Cinema
  • Shorts Session & Gaza Surf Club – 25 November, 2.00PM – Phoenix Cinema
  • A Very Hot Summer & Ambulance – 26 November, 7.00PM – SALT Lecture Theatre, SOAS
  • Rough Stage & Coffee for all Nations – 27 November, 7.00PM – DLT Lecture Theatre, SOAS
  • Us, Children of the Camp – 28 November, 6.30PM – Brunei Theatre, SOAS

The Tower

Mats Grorud’s animated feature The Tower explores the Palestinian diaspora as seen through the eyes of Wardi, a young Palestinian girl who lives in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

The film is informed by Grorud’s own experiences working in the Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp, but also by the book What it Means to be Palestinian, by Dr Dina Matar, head of the Centre for Global Media and Communications at SOAS University of London.

The Tower will be shown at the Curzon Soho at 6.30PM on 19 November.  The film will be followed by a Q&A with Mats and Dina.

Dina discusses both the film and her book What it Means to be Palestinian in an earlier post on the Study at SOAS blog.

SOAS University of London

SOAS is the venue for five events during the Festival, including the closing night screening of Us, Children of the Camp, hosted by Hoping Foundation, and followed by a discussion on the visibility of Palestinian refugees lead by Bella Freud.

There will also be a launch of the book Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution with author Nadia Yaqub, and a masterclass with Berlin-based filmmaker Kamal Aljafari, who will discuss the ideas, images and technical processes that have informed his career.

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