We are so excited to announce the UK Launch of Palestine Film Club – a collective comprised of filmmakers, producers, artists and others dedicated to the production and growth of a homegrown Palestinian film industry.
We are a network of industry professionals who aim to support and inspire one another through the promotion of Palestinian cinema, both domestically and on an international stage.
On the 28th September, we will be bringing you a number of beautiful short films – the first in a programme of film screenings that will run regularly and showcase the best and boldest new work from filmmakers across the Arab world and beyond. Every screening we hold here – or in another European city – will be held in Palestine at the same time. We are taking this global!
Our line up includes fiction and non fiction shorts and filmmakers from Palestine and the UK, including a number of never-seen-before UK premieres! It’s gonna be big. Our filmmakers include rising new talents who are taking international cinema into the future. We will be releasing clips, material and interviews with the filmmakers over the next few weeks in the run up to our opening so stay tuned for all these juicy extras!
We are very lucky to be partnering with wonderful The People’s Film Club who bring people together to watch great films that tell the stories of people around the world. They pair these films with speakers who understand the subjects best – filmmakers, activists, academics and community organisers – in order to start important discussions around issues that affect us all.
After the screening, we will be joined by the team behind Haifa Independent Film Festival (https://www.haifaiff.com/), along with reps from PFC London and Sarha Collective for a panel discussion about the Palestinian film industry and some of our plans for the future, including a filmmakers’ exchange programme between the UK and Palestine which will be held in 2019.
We are thrilled to say that after the Q & A, Palestinian DJs Jazar Crew will be coming to London for the very first time to play a set. Jazar Crew is a DIY music and art collective that aims to provide a safe space dancefloor for the Palestinian youth. With their revolutionary parties around the region, they built bridges between the Palestinian underground scenes in Haifa, Ramallah and beyond. Following on from a wildly successful collaboration with Boiler Room (https://bit.ly/2wCt2gp), they have been touring across Europe and will be coming to London from Haifa as a special treat for the PFC launch. It doesn’t get better than that guys!